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Ultrasound of the Shoulder 

Ultrasound of the Shoulder
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Ultrasound of the Shoulder
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Corrie M. Yablon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190938178.003.0121
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date: 28 January 2022

Chapter 120 discusses US of the shoulder, which is most commonly performed to evaluate the tendons of the rotator cuff. In this examination, the long head of the biceps tendon, subacromial-subdeltoid bursa, and acromioclavicular joint are also examined. US demonstrates equal diagnostic accuracy to MRI in the assessment of partial- and full-thickness rotator cuff tears. Dynamic US of the shoulder is useful to evaluate subacromial and subcoracoid impingement as well as long head of the biceps tendon subluxation or dislocation. US is excellent in evaluating the postoperative rotator cuff, as the metallic susceptibility artifact encountered in MRI is not a problem in US.

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