MRI Shoulder aber view is designed to be in the sagittal plane, usually after the original shoulder MRI images have been completed.
A typical MRI of the shoulder is performed with the patient supine (on their back) and their affected arm along their side. The patient is usually placed with their shoulder inside an MRI shoulder coil. The arm should be along their side, with the thumb pointed outward to extend the glenohumeral ligament. The MRI shoulder aber view is not performed at this time.
After the usual five or six MRI sequences are done, then the patient is positioned for the MRI shoulder aber view. This requires the patient lay on their back (supine) with the arm extended above their head and the antenna coil wrapped around the shoulder in the appropriate position to get the most signal. It is often difficult for the patient to hold still in this position, but the MRI shoulder aber view is important to radiologists, so this should be explained to the patient prior to the study. If the patient is unable to get into this position, it would be wise not to force them to do so.
The MRI shoulder aber view (ABER- short for abduction external rotation) is a particular sequence usually preferred by specific radiology musculo-skeletal groups. The sequence itself can be run as a T1 Fatsat sequence and is usually done post contrast via a shoulder mri arthrogram to demonstrate a labral tear when the shoulder joint is stressed.
The images used in this MRI shoulder aber view example shows that without a focus on excellent image quality, the diagnosis could have been quite difficult in this particular case. Blood flow created motion artifact in the images, which obscured the area of interest on the shoulder images.
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