Bicipital Tendon Injuries Workup

Updated: May 04, 2016
  • Author: John P Salvo, Jr, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Imaging Studies

Plain radiography is a necessary part of a complete evaluation. Radiographs can reveal a bony avulsion from the radial tuberosity, but they are often negative. Mild-to-moderate underlying degenerative changes are not a contraindication for reconstruction of acute tears. [23]

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be helpful in cases of partial rupture of the tendon or in cases of chronic disruption or when the diagnosis is uncertain, but it is otherwise is unnecessary for the diagnosis and treatment of acute injuries.