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Comparison of shoulder ultrasound and MR imaging in diagnosing full-thickness rotator cuff tears

  • Cheng-Yen Chang
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    Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital. 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei, Taiwan, China

    School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, China
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  • Su-Fang Wang
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    Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital. 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei, Taiwan, China

    School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, China
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  • Hong-Jen Chiou
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    Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital. 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei, Taiwan, China

    School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, China
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  • Hsiao-Li Ma
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    Department of Orthopedics, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan, China

    School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, China
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  • Ying-Chou Sun
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    Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital. 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei, Taiwan, China

    School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, China
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  • Hong-Dar Wu
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    Department of Radiology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital. 201, Section 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei, Taiwan, China

    School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan, China
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      Abstract

      Ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of 422 cases were evaluated to compare the feasibility in diagnosing full-thickness rotator cuff tears (FTRCTs). On the basis of different US performers, they were divided into two groups: Group 1 performed by a 5-year experience technician and Group 2 performed by a 10-year experience radiologist. Sensitivity, negative predictive value (NPV), accuracy of US, and correlation between the two modalities were better in Group 2. When an expert is available, US can be used for diagnosing FTRCTs; otherwise, MRI should be performed.

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