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Shoulder (MRI)

Learning objectives

Going through this study unit will help you to:

  1. Identify proton density (PD)-weighted MR images.
  2. Learn the most important structures of the shoulder region, including the shoulder joint and its associated structures

Explore MRI scan

The evaluation of the shoulder joint and the surrounding soft tissue structures is best done with an MRI. The Proton Density (PD) modality remains one of supreme MRI sequences for the assessment of the musculoskeletal system.

On PD-weighted images, the bones show as very light grey or nearly white, while the ligaments and cavities appear as black. Let’s analyze the normal shoulder MRI through several levels:

You can study each structure individually with the following gallery:

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