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Clin Imaging. 2013 May-Jun;37(3):548-53. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2012.08.002. Epub 2012 Sep 13.

Comparison of ultrasound versus fluoroscopic guided rotator cuff interval approach for MR arthrography.

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  • 1Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.


Our purpose is to compare ultrasound and fluoroscopic-guided approaches to the glenohumeral joint at the rotator cuff interval for magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography of the shoulder. Forty consecutive patients were prospectively studied. 20 patients underwent ultrasound-guided and 20 patients underwent fluoroscopic guided injection. Successful rate of ultrasound guidance is 95%. No significant difference in pain score and duration of injection between two methods (P>.05). Ultrasound-guided rotator cuff interval injection of the glenohumeral joint for MR arthrography is comparable with fluoroscopic-guided injection. Ultrasound is the preferred method as there is no ionizing radiation.

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