Magnetic resonance imaging versus ultrasonography for assessing rotator cuff tears in patients with shoulder pain for whom surgery is being considered (Protocol)

Mario Lenza, Rachelle Buchbinder, Robin Christensen, Nigel Hanchard, Flavio Faloppa

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Abstract

Abstract This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows: To compare the diagnostic test accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) versus ultrasonography (US) to detect any rotator cuff tears (partial or full thickness) in patients with shoulder pain for whom surgery is being considered. We will divide our objectives as follows. 1. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of US, MRI and magnetic resonance arthrography (MRA) for diagnosing any rotator cuff tears (partial or full thickness). 2. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of US, MRI and MRA for diagnosing full thickness rotator cuff tears (one or more tendons). 3. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of US, MRI and MRA for assessing the extent of the tear (full thickness or partial thickness) in people with a rotator cuff tear. We will investigate potential sources of heterogeneity by conducting subgroup analyses according to characteristics of the population, tears and reference test, as described in the methods.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD009020
Pages (from-to)1 - 13
Number of pages13
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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