Diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound for rotator cuff tears

Ultrasonography. 2019 Jul;38(3):215-220. doi: 10.14366/usg.18058. Epub 2018 Nov 17.


Ultrasonography (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 artifacts when evaluating patients with previously placed hardware. Over the years, US has been found to be reliable and accurate for diagnosing rotator cuff tears (RCTs), despite its operatordependence. The usage of US for diagnosing RCTs in orthopedic practice varies depending on practitioners' familiarity with the exam and the availability of experienced technicians. The purpose of this article is to review the diagnostic accuracy of US for identifying RCTs.

Keywords: Diagnostic imaging; Rotator cuff; Rotator cuff tear; Ultrasound.