What are the advantages of MRI in the diagnosis of supraspinatus tendonitis?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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MRI is considered the imaging study of choice for shoulder pathology.

  • Advantages

    • Noninvasive

    • No radiation

    • Can detect intrasubstance tendon degeneration or partial rotator cuff tears

    • Can detect inflammation, edema, hemorrhage, and scarring

    • Can be used with an intra-articular contrast agent (eg, gadolinium), improving its ability to detect partial rotator cuff tears

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