Investigations Into Rotator Cuff Injuries

Investigations in rotator cuff injuries

By Josh

 

X-Ray

An X-ray is not the best option for investigating a rotator cuff injury (RCI) only large tears and degenerative calcification (calcific tendinitis) can be seen by an X-Ray

 

MRI

An MRI is the preferred investigation method into a RCI.  MRI’s when used with contrast can detect most tears in soft tissue.  It must be noted that an MRI might not be able to distinguish between tendonitis and a degenerative tendon when looking at the rotator cuff.

 

Ultra Sound

An ultra sound can pick up most of what an x-ray or an MRI scan can.  Unlike an x-ray the patient isn’t being exposed to radiation and an ultra sound is not as expensive as an MRI.

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~ by pcl4 on August 6, 2008.

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