Imaging planes used for evaluating the shoulder on a MRI

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Imaging planes used for evaluating the shoulder on a MRI

Imaging planes used for evaluating the shoulder on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination. How should the patient be positioned in the scanner?

Oblique coronal, oblique sagittal, and axial planes are routinely used. Oblique coronal and sagittal sequences are obtained perpendicular and parallel to the glenoid articular surface, respectively.

While the patient is supine on the scanner table, the shoulder should be held in neutral to slightly externally rotated position to ensure that the supraspinatus muscle is parallel to the oblique coronal plane.

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