High-resolution 3-T magnetic resonance imaging of the shoulder in nonsymptomatic professional baseball pitcher draft picks

Filippo Del Grande, Michael Aro, Sahar Jalali Farahani, Andrew Cosgarea, John Wilckens, John A. Carrino

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Abstract

Objectives To retrospectively assess the qualitative and quantitative high-resolution 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in nonsymptomatic baseball pitcher draft picks. Methods Institutional review board-approved and HIPAA compliant study. Three-Tesla MRI of the dominant shoulder of 19 asymptomatic baseball pitcher draft picks and detailed clinical examination was performed before contract signing. Two radiologists performed independently qualitative and quantitative evaluation of shoulder structures. Descriptive statistics were performed. Results Sixty-eight percent (13/19), 32% (6/19), and 21% (4/19) of the baseball pitcher draft picks showed tendinopathy, partial thickness tendon tear of the supraspinatus, and acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis, respectively. Glenohumeral subluxation, glenoid remodeling, and Bennett lesion were present in 53% (10/19), 79% (15/19), and 21% (4/19) of the subjects, respectively. Interclass coefficient was 0.633 to 0.863 and κ was 0.27 to 1. Conclusions In asymptomatic baseball pitcher draft picks, 3-T MRI frequently shows abnormalities involving rotator cuff tendons, the coracohumeral, inferior glenohumeral, labrum, and osseous structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-125
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • MRI
  • asymptomatic
  • baseball
  • shoulder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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