Traumatic and degenerative shoulder injuries are common in both the young adult and the elderly populations and can result in loss of function if not diagnosed and treated early and appropriately. To plan the most efficient surgery with the highest likelihood of success, the surgeon relies on shoulder magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to provide an anatomic roadmap and to determine the best surgical approach and technique for repair of the injury. Thus, it is essential that the preoperative MRI report be complete and accurate to achieve the best outcome possible. With this goal in mind, we present a practical approach to interpreting the preoperative shoulder MRI examination.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging