MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) SPECTRUM OF Rotator Cuff Tears, with Arthroscopic – MRI Contextualizations
ResumoOur understanding of rotator cuff (RC) pathogenesis and the optimal management of RC pathology is evolving and shoulder magnetic imaging (MRI) has a crucial role in this development, as it functionally depicts pathology in the painful shoulder patient, conveys optimal sensitivity and specificity rates in rotator cuff tear evaluation and characterization, and allows useful additional information in terms of patient management, namely regarding muscle atrophy, reducing unnecessary arthroscopic procedures.
We present and discuss the shoulder MRI protocol used at our Institution, and summarize the imaging spectrum of RC pathology by this technique, using a series of patients evaluated by our Department to conclude that MRI has very high levels of sensitivity and specificity transversely seen is most high work volume Radiology Departments.
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