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I have had two major shoulder surgeries. One surgery was for a detached Rhomboid muscle and detached low Trapezeis muscle. The second surgery was for the same trap muscle that came loose and fell of the muscle. I begged this doctor to operate again on me, because I experience the same pain before the first surgery. The orthropedic surgeon told me it wont come up on a mri, a detached rhomboid muscle or low trap muscle. Also, I ask him if it could be showed on a ultrasound of the Rhomboid and Trap Muscle. He brushed off this questions. I have read much information from ultrasound that it is good at seeing torn muscles. I cant get a straight answer.  I am in unbearable pain. Thanks.

Hello, Brad.

First, I am not a physician nor an ultrasound tech, so I am unfamiliar with the capability of musculoskeletal ultrasound on shoulders.

After a bit of research online, I found this .pdf file about positioning for ultrasound of the shoulder. None of the described exams would show a detached rhomboid muscle or low trap muscle. It looks like ultrasound is most helpful in diagnosing problems with the rotator cuff muscles & ligaments around the shoulder joint.

The rhomboid and low trapezius muscles attach to your shoulder blade or scapula. I was unable to find a way to visualize this area with ultrasound.

I am so sorry you're in such pain. I hope this info is useful to you.



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Delia White


I am not qualified to interpret diagnostic imaging or to diagnose disease. Please consult a physician for that information. I am the photographer. I can tell you what to expect during most MRI, CT and X-ray procedures.


I now have more than 30 years experience in diagnostic imaging. My specialty is MRI. I am also very familiar with CT and the way we used to take x-rays (everything's digital now)!

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology.

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