Imaging evaluation of the rotator cuff

Clin Sports Med. 2012 Oct;31(4):605-31. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2012.07.010.


The rotator cuff is a complex network of interwoven tendons that plays a key role in glenohumeral movement and stability. Cuff abnormality is a common source of shoulder pain, but the clinical presentation is often nonspecific and, as a result, diagnostic imaging, especially magnetic resonance imaging, plays a key role in evaluating these patients. This article reviews imaging modalities available for evaluating the cuff, normal cuff anatomy, and common pathologic conditions that affect it.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Rotator Cuff / anatomy & histology*
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis*