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Two cases of SLAP tear in the shoulder

Case Study
Goumas, Chris, M.D. Palo Alto Medical Foundation USA

Both patients were scanned at Palo Alto Medical Clinic Sports Medicine Center using Achieva 3.0T X-series with SENSE Shoulder coil.

MR Examination

All images were acquired with the SENSE Shoulder coil.

SLAP tear with Hill-Sachs fracture and anterior dislocation

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Left and middle image shows slap tear (yellow arrow) with anterior dislocation and Hill-Sachs fracture (red arrow). The Hill-Sachs fracture is well demonstrated on the PD-weighted SPAIR image on the right (red arrow). FOV 90 mm, slice thickness 3 mm.

SLAP type 2 tear in shoulder

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A SLAP type 2 tear is seen on two consecutive axial proton density-weighted SPAIR fat suppressed slices (left and middle images). The slap tear is well visualized on the corresponding coronal SPAIR proton density scan. FOV 100 mm, slice thickness 3 mm were used.

Impact of Achieva 3.0T X-series imaging:

A 3.0T system has significantly higher SNR compared to 1.5T systems, and Dr. Goumas uses that to its full benefit. He uses a smaller FOV than most, with a higher matrix. The images demonstrate the excellent spatial resolution and contrast.



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