Imaging of the normal rotator cuff

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In this chapter, we show how the normal rotator cuff tendons and muscles look like on MRI and ultrasonography. By looking at the inclination of the superior surface of the greater tuberosity (footprint of the rotator cuff), we can identify the superior and middle facets, and accordingly we can identify the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons as well. The rotator cuff tendons appear as a homogeneous thick tendinous band with low signal on MRI and the fibrillar pattern on ultrasound. The intramuscular tendons of the rotator cuff muscles and the deltoid are clearly depicted on MRI as a low signal band inside the muscle belly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNormal and Pathological Anatomy of the Shoulder
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783662457191
ISBN (Print)9783662457184
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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