Your doctor can discover even more about your injury through one or more diagnosis tests. Initially you may have only standard x-rays to identify the cause of your problem. If a rotator cuff tear is suspected, your doctor may order other tests to obtain highly detailed views of your shoulder’s muscles and tendons.


Images of bones may reveal abnormal bony structures, fractures or dislocations in your shoulder.


Dye injected into your shoulder joint outlines the rotator cuff, as seen on a x-ray. If the cuff is torn, dye leaks out, showing up in the area outside the cuff.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 

Cross-sectional images provide views of rotator cuff problems, such as inflammation, tears and calcium deposits.