Complications of rotator cuff surgery-the role of post-operative imaging in patient care

R. S. Thakkar, S. C. Thakkar, Uma Srikumaran, Edward G McFarland, Laura M Fayad

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Abstract

When pain or disability occurs after rotator cuff surgery, post-operative imaging is frequently performed. Post-operative complications and expected post-operative imaging findings in the shoulder are presented, with a focus on MRI, MR arthrography (MRA) and CT arthrography. MR and CT techniques are available to reduce image degradation secondary to surgical distortions of native anatomy and implant-related artefacts and to define complications after rotator cuff surgery. A useful approach to image the shoulder after surgery is the standard radiography, followed by MRI/MRA for patients with low "metal presence" and CT for patients who have a higher metal presence. However, for the assessment of patients who have undergone surgery for rotator cuff injuries, imaging findings should always be correlated with the clinical presentation because post-operative imaging abnormalities do not necessarily correlate with symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20130630
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Volume87
Issue number1039
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

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Rotator Cuff
Arthrography
Patient Care
Metals
Radiography
Artifacts
Anatomy
Pain

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)

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Complications of rotator cuff surgery-the role of post-operative imaging in patient care. / Thakkar, R. S.; Thakkar, S. C.; Srikumaran, Uma; McFarland, Edward G; Fayad, Laura M.

In: British Journal of Radiology, Vol. 87, No. 1039, 20130630, 01.07.2014.

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