Saturday, May 3, 2014

Assessing rotator cuff integrity - MRI and Ultrasound

Assessment of rotator cuff repair integrity using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in a multicenter study.

These authors sought to compare ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation of the repaired rotator cuff to determine concordance between these imaging studies in 113 shoulders having repair with the suture bridge technique for rotator cuff tears that were between 1 and 4 cm wide.

They concluded that there was a good degree of  concordance between MRI and ultrasound readings if the individual reading the sonogram was experienced.

Comment: Unfortunately, this study does not provide data on the integrity of the cuff repairs. It would have been most interesting to see how many of the 113 cuff repairs were intact at the different time points.


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