Evaluation of the relationship between subacromial space volume and rotator cuff injury by Magnetic Resonance Imaging with SPACE technique

Safiye Sanem Dereli Bulut 1 * , Zakir Sakci 2
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1 TC.Health Sciences University,Umraniye Research and Training Hospital, Department of Radiology
2 TC. Health Sciences Univ. Umraniye Research and Training Hospital, Department of Radiology
* Corresponding Author
J CLIN MED KAZ, In press.


Purpose: To investigate the relationship between the degree of tearing in the rotator cuff (RC) tendons and the subacromial region volume (SAV) using the proton-density (PD) weighted Sampling Perfection with Application optimized Contrasts using different flip angle Evolution (SPACE) technique and the contribution of this technique to shoulder magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Material and methods: A total of 125 patients who underwent shoulder MRI for shoulder pain between January 2016 and December 2016 were included in this single-center, retrospective study. RC tendon injury grading was performed using coronal plane 2D short tau inversion recovery T2-weighted sequences (grades 1–4). SAV was calculated from PD-weighted 3D SPACE sequence images in sagittal oblique plane. The relationship between RC tears and SAVs ​​was evaluated using Pearson’s correlation analysis. The measurements were made at different times by two independent radiologists.
Results: There was a strong negative correlation between the grade of RC tendon tear and subacromial volume (p < 0.05; r: ˗0.83).
Discussion and conclusion: Shoulder MRI with high-contrast resolution can be obtained by the SPACE technique. The degree of RC tendon tear, which is a cause of shoulder pain, is associated with the SAV. Using the SPACE technique can also easily reveal the cause of the damage.


Dereli Bulut SS, Sakci Z. Evaluation of the relationship between subacromial space volume and rotator cuff injury by Magnetic Resonance Imaging with SPACE technique. J Clin Med Kaz. 2021.


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