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Table 9 Accuracy Summary – Musculoskeletal Clinical Indications for the use of Diagnostic Ultrasound for the Elbow 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  
 Medial epicondylalgia 3
 Lateral epicondylalgia 3
 BTI: full thickness tears 2
 BTI: partial thickness tears Unknown
 Bursitis Unknown
 LCL and MCL injury Unknown
 Triceps tendon injury Unknown
Nerves  
 Cubital tunnel syndrome 2
 Median nerve entrapment Unknown
 Radial nerve compression Unknown
 Ulnar nerve subluxation Unknown
  1. BTI biceps tendon injury; LCL lateral collateral ligament; MCL medial collateral ligament
  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)