Quantitative Diagnosis of Rotator Cuff Lesions Using Supraspinatus Ultrasound

  • Lo, Chung-Ming (PI)

Project: A - Government Institutionb - Ministry of Science and Technology

Project Details


The prevalence of shoulder pain is high in many countries, and a lifetime prevalence of shoulder pain is up to 70%. In America, shoulder pain costs the health care system 7 billion per year. With respect to the etiologies, up to 70% of shoulder pain is attributed to rotator cuff lesions. According to Neer’s classification system, the lesions of rotator cuff can be classified into inflammation, calcific tendinitis, and full or partial thickness tears. Patients with rotator cuff lesions have shoulder pain, positive impingement sign, limited forward elevation, weak abduction, and external rotation which may induce the difficulties of holding things. Rotator cuff tears is the most severe type which would cause severe shoulder pain and impingement sign, limited forward elevation and weak abduction and external rotation. Especially for current population with more and more aging people, the prevalence rate of rotator cuff tears would be expected to become higher. Clinical assessment relies on imaging modalities to evaluate the integrity of rotator cuff tendons. Previous literatures recommend shoulder ultrasound as a useful imaging tool to detect rotator cuff lesions1 and full-thickness rotator cuff tears. To strengthen the clinical use of ultrasound, the inter-operator variabilities should be further reduced. Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system has been proposed to improve the examination quality. The advantages of CAD systems are quantitative, efficiency, and consistent. After extracting the quantitative features from lesion area, various features are combined in an artificial intelligence classifier to estimate the likelihood being a specific type of lesion. Thus, a CAD system based on shoulder ultrasound was proposed in this project to classify rotator cuff lesions.After the constrction of the CAD system,the technique can be transferred to native companies as their first medical device. The product would bring high benefit and the protection of our health.
Effective start/end date9/1/158/31/16


  • shoulder pain
  • rotator cuff lesions
  • shoulder ultrasound
  • computer-aided diagnosis


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