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Journal Abstract
Arthroscopic evaluation of ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis of rotator cuff tear
Robert Frei, Petr Chládek, Tomáš Trč, Zdeněk Kopečný, Jakub Kautzner
Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2008; 10(2):111-114
ICID: 855314
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 7.16
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IntroductionRotator cuff tear – diagnosis; comparison of MRI, ultrasonographic and arthroscopic findingsMethodsRetrospective study – 20 patients treated for shoulder pain due to rotator cuff tear, initially conservatively and after more than 6 months by arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Comparison of intraoperative findings with preoperative US and MRI images.ResultsSensitivity of USG – 1.0, specificity 0.9. Sensitivity of MRI – 0.92, specificity 1.0.DiscussionClinical examination and physical tests are not fully reliable diagnostic tools in patients with shoulder pain, because symptoms of different conditions overlap. Using ultrasound to visualize the shoulder area has some advantages to other imaging techniques such as CT scan or MRI, and has a very good sensitivity and good specificity. Many authors agree that MRI is one of the most effective methods for the diagnosis of rotator cuff tear
ConclusionsUltrasound and magnetic resonance imaging are both very sensitive techniques for diagnosis of rotator cuff abnormalities. Ultrasonography can be used as a primary method owing to its fast procedure and affordable cost.

ICID 855314
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