The clinical utility of ultrasonography for rotator cuff disease, shoulder impingement syndrome and subacromial bursitis

Med J Aust. 2008 Jan 7;188(1):50-3. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01507.x.

Abstract

Periarticular shoulder disorders are common in clinical practice, and diagnosis is often difficult. Medicare statistics indicate that between 2001 and 2006 the use of diagnostic shoulder ultrasonography increased significantly. Rotator cuff disease, shoulder impingement syndrome and subacromial bursitis are among the most common diagnoses reported on shoulder ultrasonography. Shoulder ultrasonography is useful in the diagnosis of full thickness tears, but its utility for other rotator cuff disorders, shoulder impingement syndrome and subacromial bursitis is less well established.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Bursitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Physical Examination
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Rotator Cuff / diagnostic imaging*
  • Shoulder / diagnostic imaging
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ultrasonography / statistics & numerical data