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Diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound in rotator cuff tears
Kelechi R Okoroha1 , Mohsin S Fidai2, Joseph S Tramer2, Kayla Davis3, Patricia A Kolowich4
1Rush University, Chicago, United States
2Henry Ford Health System, detroit, United States
3Hampton University, hampton, United States
4Henry Ford Medical Group, detroit, United States
Corresponding Author: Kelechi R Okoroha ,Tel: 8324239895, Fax: 8324239895, Email: krokoroha@gmail.com
Received: October 10, 2018;  Accepted: November 17, 2018.  Published online: November 17, 2018.
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ABSTRACT
Ultrasonagraphy (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 artifact when evaluating a patient with previously placed hardware. Over the years US has been found to be reliable and accurate in diagnosing rotator cuff tears, however the test is user dependent. Usage of US for diagnosing rotator cuff tears (RCT) in the orthopedic practice varies depending on practitioner’s familiarity with the exam and availability of experienced technicians. The purpose of this article is to review the diagnostic accuracy of the ultrasound in identifying rotator cuff tears.
Keywords: Rotator cuff tear; Ultrasonography ; MRI; Diagnostic accuracy
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