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Table 5 Accuracy Summary – Musculoskeletal Clinical Indications for the use of Diagnostic Ultrasound for the Shoulder Region

From: The accuracy of diagnostic ultrasound imaging for musculoskeletal soft tissue pathology of the extremities: a comprehensive review of the literature

Target Condition Recommendation
Tendons and soft tissue Grade
 Calcific Tendinitis 3
 Full thickness rotator cuff tears 3
 LHB: dislocation 3
 LHB: full thickness tears 3
 LHB: tendinitis 3
 Rotator cuff tendinopathy 3
 Subacromial bursitis 3
 Partial thickness rotator cuff tears 2
 Rotator cuff atrophy 2
 Subacromial Impingement 2
 Adhesive capsulitis Unknown
 Deltoid tears Unknown
 LHB: partial thickness tears Unknown
 Pectoralis tears Unknown
  1. LHB long head of biceps
  2. Unknown: No diagnostic accuracy studies found
  3. Grade 0: Not indicated
  4. Grade 1: Conflicting evidence (test results should be interpreted with caution)
  5. Grade 2: Equivalent to other imaging techniques (other techniques might provide significant information)
  6. Grade 3: First choice technique (other techniques rarely provide more information)