Ultrasonography.  2019 Jul;38(3):215-220. 10.14366/usg.18058.

Diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound for rotator cuff tears

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA. Krokoroha@gmail.com
  • 2Hampton University, Hampton, VA, USA.

Abstract

Ultrasonography (US) is an inexpensive, convenient, and effective tool that can be used to evaluate the shoulder. It does not expose the patient to harmful radiation and can be used to evaluate the musculoskeletal system dynamically. Additionally, US is not subject to metal artifacts when evaluating patients with previously placed hardware. Over the years, US has been found to be reliable and accurate for diagnosing rotator cuff tears (RCTs), despite its operator-dependence. The usage of US for diagnosing RCTs in orthopedic practice varies depending on practitioners' familiarity with the exam and the availability of experienced technicians. The purpose of this article is to review the diagnostic accuracy of US for identifying RCTs.

Keyword

Ultrasound; Rotator cuff; Rotator cuff tear; Diagnostic imaging

MeSH Terms

Artifacts
Diagnostic Imaging
Humans
Musculoskeletal System
Orthopedics
Recognition (Psychology)
Rotator Cuff*
Shoulder
Tears*
Ultrasonography*
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