Rotator cuff tear grading (MRI)

Dr Henry Knipe and Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

One method of grading rotator cuff tears on MRI is as follows:

  • grade 0: normal
  • grade I: increased T2 signal with normal morphology
  • grade II: increased T2 signal with abnormal morphology (thickening, or irregularity of the tendon)
  • grade III: defined tear (e.g. partial or full-thickness, complete or incomplete)

Article information

rID: 1997
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • MRI grading of rotator cuff tears

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: grade III
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  • Case 2: grade III
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