Findings of the subcoracoid bursa on MR arthrography and their clinical significance

Yoshinori Hirano, Ryuji Sashi, Junichi Izumi, Jiroh Watarai, Eiji Itoi

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We studied visualization of the subcoracoid bursa by conducting a retrospective analysis of the MR arthrograms of 101 shoulders with surgical confirmation. MR arthrography showed the subcoracoid bursa in 28 shoulders, among which the bursa was revealed by inadvertent direct injection of contrast material into the bursa in 10 shoulders. Of the remaining 18 shoulders, 16 shoulders had rotator cuff tears, one had shoulder instability, and one had dislocation of the long head of the biceps tendon. Both the subcoracoid and subscapularis bursae are located in the subcoracoid space. The subcoracoid bursa does not communicate with the subscapularis bursa, but occasionally communicates with the subacromial-subdeltoid bursa. On MR arthrography, contrast material in the subcoracoid bursa indicates a pathologic condition such as rotator cuff tear. Careful examination of the subcoracoid bursa on MR arthrography helps to achieve better assessment of the rotator cuff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)690-694
Number of pages5
JournalNippon Acta Radiologica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • MR arthrography
  • Rotator cuff tea
  • Subcoracoid bursa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology


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