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Advanced Imaging of the Scapula: What Every Radiologist Needs to Know

Mazaheri, Parisa MD; Fayad, Laura M. MD; Fishman, Elliot K. MD; Demehri, Shadpour MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: July/August 2016 - Volume 40 - Issue 4 - p 567–575
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0000000000000398
Musculoskeletal Imaging

The scapula plays a central role in shoulder motion and stability. A wide variety of anatomic variants as well as traumatic, neoplastic, and infectious pathologies can involve the scapula. Detection of scapular lesions using radiography can be challenging because of the obscuration by the overlying structures or incomplete imaging during shoulder magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography examinations. Familiarity with imaging characteristics of these abnormalities will allow radiologists to better diagnose and characterize scapular disorders.

From the *Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; and Departments of †Orthopedic Surgery and ‡Oncology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Received for publication December 10, 2015; accepted December 15, 2015.

Correspondence to: Shadpour Demehri, MD, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD (e-mail:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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