Magnetic resonance imaging versus ultrasonography for assessing rotator cuff tears in patients with shoulder pain for whom surgery is being considered

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Authors

  • Mário Lenza,

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    1. Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
    • Mário Lenza, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Rua Borges Lagoa, 783 - 5th Floor, São Paulo, São Paulo, 04038-032, Brazil. mariolenza@yahoo.com.br.

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  • Rachelle Buchbinder,

    1. Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Cabrini Hospital, Malvern, Victoria, Australia
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  • Robin Christensen,

    1. & Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark,, The Parker Institute: Musculoskeletal Statistics Unit (MSU), Copenhagen University Hospital, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark, Odense, Denmark
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  • Nigel CA Hanchard,

    1. Health & Social Care Institute, Centre for Rehabilitation Sciences, Middlesbrough, Tees Valley, UK
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  • Flávio Faloppa

    1. Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Abstract

This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Diagnostic test accuracy). The objectives are as follows:

To compare the diagnostic test accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) versus ultrasonography (US) to detect any rotator cuff tears (partial or full thickness) in patients with shoulder pain for whom surgery is being considered.

We will divide our objectives as follows.

1. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of US, MRI and magnetic resonance arthrography (MRA) for diagnosing any rotator cuff tears (partial or full thickness).
2. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of US, MRI and MRA for diagnosing full thickness rotator cuff tears (one or more tendons).
3. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of US, MRI and MRA for assessing the extent of the tear (full thickness or partial thickness) in people with a rotator cuff tear.

We will investigate potential sources of heterogeneity by conducting subgroup analyses according to characteristics of the population, tears and reference test, as described in the methods.