Into OZ, color fusion MRI of the foot and ankle: A pictorial essay


  • Paul Marsh, DO, MBA Private Practice Monticello Diagnostic Imaging, Ft. Worth, Texas.
  • Jamal Malik, DO PGY-4 Resident General Surgery. University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • Sarah Langston, DO Fellow Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Southwest Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, Waco, Texas.
  • Brian Carpenter, DPM, FACFAS Professor Department of Orthopaedics, The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Ft. Worth, Texas.



MRI fusion, intrinsic image decomposition, color fusion, foot, ankle


“People would rather live in homes regardless of its grayness.  There is no place like home.” (L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) This article presents an explanation and introduction to use and benefits of Color Fusion MRI of the Foot and Ankle. There are conditions/abnormalities within the complex overlapping structure of the foot and ankle that involve more than one region or tissue type that if images are combined and different colors utilized are much easier to visualize and are a great aid in figuring out the challenging diagnostic puzzle.  An efficient method for fusion anatomical and functional images is by constructing the fused image through the combination of parallel images in a multi-scale domain. The existing image fusion method combined with the image enhancement is used to obtain a final fused image with high-contrast detail information, simultaneously. However, the selection of color models and the formulation of transform based image fusion method plays a major role in the quality of fused images. 


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How to Cite

Marsh P, Malik J, Langston S, Carpenter B. Into OZ, color fusion MRI of the foot and ankle: A pictorial essay. J Int Foot Ankle [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 1 [cited 2024 Jul. 13];1(12). Available from:

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