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Invited Clinical Commentary

Diagnostic Imaging of the Throwing Athlete's Shoulder

Authors: Malone T, Hazle C

The diagnostic capabilities of advanced imaging have increasingly enabled clinicians to delineate between structural alterations and injuries more efficiently than ever before. These impressive gains have unfortunately begun to encourage a reliance on imaging at the loss of quality in the clinical examination. Ideally, imaging of the shoulder complex is performed to confirm the provisional diagnosis developed from the history and clinical examination rather than to create a diagnosis. This clinical commentary will provide the framework for both basic and advanced uses of imaging as well as discussion of evolving modalities.

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