MRI findings of rotator cuff pathology

MRI findings of rotator cuff pathology

Tendinopathy (chronic tendon degeneration) manifests on MRI as mildly increased signal intensity and thickening of the tendon. Tendon tears demonstrate increased T2-weighted signal intensity, as bright as fluid, within the tendon. Chronic rotator cuff tears may demonstrate superior displacement of the humeral head (“high riding humeral head”), and fatty change and/or atrophy of the rotator cuff muscles (best evaluated on oblique sagittal T1-weighted images).

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