What is the role of sonoelastography (SE) in the workup of supraspinatus tendonitis?

Updated: Dec 04, 2017
  • Author: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Sonoelastography (SE) is a new technique that can assess differences in tissue stiffness. A study investigated the performance of sonoelastography (SE) for the differentiation of supraspinatus (SSP) tendon alterations of tendinopathy compared to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and conventional ultrasonography (US). The study concluded that SE is valuable in the detection of the intratendinous and peritendinous alterations of the SSP tendon and has excellent interobserver reliability and excellent correlation with MRI findings and conventional ultrasonography findings. [6]  

A study by Lee et al evaluated the relationship between tendon stiffness on sonoelastography and the MRI tendinosis grade in patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy. The study found that the MRI tendinosis grade is associated with stiffness assessed using sonoelastography in patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy. [7]


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