MR Imaging of the Rotator Cuff.
The cause of rotator cuff tears is multifactorial with both intrinsic and extrinsic contributing factors. Understanding the normal MR anatomy of the rotator cuff and using an appropriate search pattern can help readers identify common pathologic conditions. Accurate designation using classification systems for tear thickness, size, and degree of retraction and muscle fatty infiltration and atrophy are important in guiding surgical management. Knowledge of common disease locations for the rotator cuff tendons can help focus reader searches and increase sensitivity.
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