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Rotator cable

The rotator cable is a fibrous structure associated with the rotator cuff. It is located at the medial aspect of the rotator crescent and formed by a thick bundle of fibers perpendicular to the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons. This morphology can be variable.

Radiographic features


May be seen as a curvilinear structure running perpendicular and beneath the superior rotator cuff (i.e. supraspinatus and infraspinatus).


It may be seen in ~75% of cases on MRI 1:

  • T2/PD: seen as a linear band of hypointense signal intensity along the undersurface of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons
  • according to one MRI study, it had a mean width of around 12 mm and was located approximately 13 mm from the rotator cuff humeral bony insertion
Anatomy: Upper limb

Anatomy: Upper limb

Article information

rID: 38230
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Rotator cable of the shoulder
  • Rotator cable: shoulder

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