Effectiveness of 3-dimensional shoulder ultrasound in the diagnosis of rotator cuff tears, 2018

Topics: 3-dimensional ultrasound, diagnostic value, meta-analysis, rotator cuff tears

Authors: Aiping Teng, Fanxiao Liu, Dongsheng Zhou, Tao He, Yan Chevalier and Roland M. Klar


Background: Numerous quantitatively based studies measuring the accuracy of 3D shoulder ultrasound (US) for the diagnosis of rotator cuff tears remain inconclusive. In order to determine how effective 3D shoulder US is for detecting rotator cuff tears, a meta-analysis was performed systematically. Methods: Six electronic databases, PubMed/Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, CNKI, VIP data, and Wanfang data, were utilized to retrieve articles praising the diagnostic value of 3D shoulder US for use in detecting rotator cuff tears. After screening and diluting out the articles that met inclusion criteria to be used for statistical analysis, the pooled evaluation indexes including sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) as well as the summary receiver operating characteristic curve (SROC) were calculated utilizing Meta-Disc v.1.4. Results: Screening determined that out of 4220, 7 studies involving a total of 282 patients were deemed viable for inclusion in the meta-analysis. The results of the analysis showed that the sensitivity and specificity were at 94% and 83%, respectively, with a DOR of 60.06, Q* index of 0.9058 and the area under SROC of 0.9609. Additionally, a satisfactory accuracy of 3D shoulder US was observed in detecting full- and partial-thickness rotator cuff tears. Conclusion: This meta-analysis suggests that 3D shoulder US is very effective and highly accurate to detect full-thickness rotator cuff tears, but may lack accuracy in the diagnosis of partial tears.

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