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THU0353 The Accordance of Changes between Ultrasound and MRI in Patients with Shoulder Pain
  1. S. Albina1,
  2. A.-M. Ramazan2,
  3. M. Suta3
  1. 1Rehabilition Clinic, Clinical Hospital of Rehabilitation Eforie Nord
  2. 2Rheumatology, Emergency County Clinical Hospital
  3. 3Faculty of Medicine, Ovidius Univerity, Constanta, Romania


Background Ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are valid diagnostic modalities in detecting, characterizing and discriminating the rotator cuff disorders, with no significant comparable difference [1]. MRI is the procedure of choice for the evaluation of occult fractures and the shoulder soft tissues. US, with appropriate local expertise, is an excellent evaluation of the rotator cuff, long head of the biceps tendon, and interventional procedures [2]. The choice of which imaging test to perform should be based on the patient's clinical information, equipment availability, personal expertise and preference [3], patient preference [4], cost, and imaging experience of the radiology department [5].

Objectives To identify the concordance between US and MRI abnormalities in patients with shoulder pain.

Methods All 51 hospitalised patients with noninflammatory painful shoulder (median age 57±9.9 years, 70.6% female) enrolled in our clinic between November and March 2013 had abnormal changes in US and MRI. The assessment had included demographic dates, medical history, a clinical assessment for diagnosis, an ultrasonographic assessment in grey scale with static and dynamic examination and an MRI assessment with static examination. The followed ultrasonographic and MRI changes were rotator cuff tendinopathies (tendinitis, tendinosis, tears), bicipital tendinopathy and other changes (subacromial bursitis, impingement syndrome, retractile capsulitis).

Results Ultrasound was found to be sensitive enough in detecting supraspinos tendinopathy and more specific in detecting bicipital and subscapular tendinopathy. We had found tendinopathy of supraspinos (70.6% visible in US and 82.4% in MRI), of biceps (37.3% visible in US and 54.9% in MRI), of subscapular (27.5% visible in US and 31.4% in MRI), of infraspinos (5.9% visible in US and 11.8% in MRI) and of terres minor (3.9% visible in US and 2% in MRI). We had identifed any accordance between ultrasound and MRI for infraspinos tendinopathy, suscapular and terres minor tendinopathy. There was a poor concordance (Cohen's Kappa=0-0,20) between US and MRI for supraspinos tendinopathy, subacromial bursitis, impingement syndrome, capsulitis, but a moderate agreement between these methods in the assessment of biceps tendinopathy (overall accuracy: 70%, likelihood ratio=4.07,Cohen's Kappa=0,426, p=0.001).

Conclusions The shoulder US remains a useful method to complete clinical examination for bicipital tendinopathy.


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Disclosure of Interest : None declared

DOI 10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-eular.3711

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