Shoulder Instability: Clinical considerations and imaging needs?

Organizer: Juerg Hodler, M.D., M.B.A.
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Wednesday, 7 May 2008


This two-hour course will open with an orthopedic surgeon who has special interest in imaging. He will present the current clinical concepts of shoulder instability, the surgical consequences of various types of instability and potential postoperative complications. Two radiologists will then present the roles of 1) standard MRI and 2) MR arthrography and other potential imaging methods in diagnosing the changes associated with shoulder instability, including postoperative imaging. The three presentations will be followed by a discussion of controversies in field of imaging of shoulder instability.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • List clinical indications of shoulder instability;
  • Identify the imaging needs of the shoulder surgeon in the evaluation of patients with suspected shoulder pathology;
  • Identify the limitations of MRI in diagnosis of glenoid labrum pathology;
  • Explain the indications for shoulder MR Arthrography; and
  • Describe the role of 3.0T MRI in evaluation of the glenoid labrum.

    Audience Description:

    The clinical categorical courses are designed for clinical radiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, cardiologists, oncologists, practicing clinicians and scientists, from beginning to advanced experience levels working in MR.

    10:30 Post-traumatic Shoulder Instability Diane L. Dahm, M.D.
    11:00 Conventional MRI in Evaluation of Shoulder Instability Hollis G. Potter, M.D.
    11:30 MR Arthrography in Evaluation of Shoulder Instability Christian W. Pfirrmann, M.D.
    12:00 Discussion Moderators and Speakers
    12:30 Adjournment