Different views are commonly used in shoulder MRI scans to provide images showing different details of the anatomy of the shoulder.
The sagittal view is the view from the side of the shoulder.
The axial view of the shoulder looking along the upper arm towards the collarbone.
The coronal view is the view from the front or back of the shoulder.
Different Image Types
Different image types are used to highlight different elements within the body.
T1 weighted images can be identified as ‘fat based images’, as they emphasise body fat in tissues. They are also used to highlight anatomical detail.
In shoulder studies, T1 weighted images are typically performed in coronal views.
T2 Weighted images can be identified as ‘water based images’. These are used to emphasise water in tissues such as inflammation which is common in many pathology and injury processes.
In Shoulder Studies, T2 weighted images are typically performed in coronal and axial views.
STIR images are generally used to highlight water in the body to aid in identifying inflammation, bruising and fractures. These images are not used to highlight anatomical detail.
In shoulder studies the STIR sequence is typically performed sagittal and axial views.
Proton Density sequences are generally used to emphasise the anatomical detail of the body part being scanned.
In shoulder studies, the Proton Density sequence is typically performed in an axial view.