Sonographic Evaluation of the Rotator Cuff: Accuracy in Patients Without Prior Surgery

@article{Mack1988SonographicEO,
  title={Sonographic Evaluation of the Rotator Cuff: Accuracy in Patients Without Prior Surgery},
  author={Laurence A. Mack and M Gannon and Ray F. Kilcoyne and Frederick A. Matsen},
  journal={Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research},
  year={1988},
  volume={1},
  pages={21–27}
}
Since 1982 a sonographic technique has been devised to evaluate the integrity of the rotator cuff. In a series of 139 shoulders in 134 consecutive patients without prior surgery, sonographic results were correlated with surgical findings and/or arthrography. When sonography was compared with surgical findings (n = 90 shoulders), the overall accuracy was 95%. The sonographic diagnosis was the same as the arthrographic diagnosis in 91% of the cases (n = 50). Cuff lesions were also created in two… 
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Sonographic evaluation of the rotator cuff.
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The use of ultrasound in this setting can help to prevent a great deal of the pain associated with shoulder injury by establishing the nature and stage of injury before rotator cuff tear occurs.