Postoperative MR Imaging in Shoulder Instability and Intra-articular Damage

Christoph Stern, Samy Bouaicha, Filippo Del Grande, Reto Sutter

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MR imaging of the postoperative shoulder after instability surgery is challenging. The radiologist must be familiar with surgical procedures, altered anatomy, and expected postoperative findings for correct interpretation of normal findings versus a true pathology. Artifacts from metallic hardware or abrasions further complicate MR image interpretation, but are reduced with metal artifact reduction techniques. This article focuses on capsulolabral surgery, bone block transfers, and humeral bone loss procedures in patients with shoulder instability and their postoperative imaging evaluation. Surgical procedures and common complications are explained, and normal and pathologic postoperative imaging findings are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-242
Number of pages20
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone block procedures
  • Hill-Sachs repair
  • Labral repair
  • Latarjet
  • Postoperative MR imaging
  • Shoulder instability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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