PhD Aimee Kok-Pigge

There are many imaging techniques and treatment options for talar osteochondral lesions. However, it is often unclear which patient benefits from which treatment due to a lack of knowledge of the cartilage repair process or conflicting study results.

This thesis focuses on optimizing the currently used diagnostic and treatment options. It contains three sections:

  • optimizing experimental imaging to improve understanding of cartilage repair
  • improving clinical imaging by investigating ultrasound as a non-invasive, cost-effective and fast alternative for extensive clinical follow-up of treated lesions
  • optimizing treatment by critically looking at the techniques used in infiltration and microfracture.