Ultrasound Imaging to Predict Shoulder Function after Rotator Cuff Repair

Thank you for your interest in this study on shoulder function.  The purpose of this project is to determine how well a new state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging technology can predict a patient’s shoulder function after rotator cuff surgery.  We've asked you to consider participating in this study is because you have a rotator cuff tear that requires surgery.

In this project, researchers will use an advanced ultrasound system to acquire information about the quality of your rotator cuff muscles and tendons.  We believe that collecting this information before a patient has surgery will: 1) help the surgeon know how best to repair the rotator cuff tear, 2) guide a physical therapist as to when and how to begin rehabilitation exercises after surgery, and 3) predict how well a patient’s shoulder strength and motion is restored after surgery.  We expect that information learned in this project will lead to better treatments in the future for patients with a rotator cuff tear.

If you choose to participate in this study, you will make 2 visits to the Henry Ford Hospital Motion Analysis Laboratory, which is located in Midtown Detroit at the Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences Center (6135 Woodward Ave).  The first visit will occur a few weeks before your scheduled surgery and the second visit will occur about one year after your surgery.  Each testing session will take about 60 minutes.  In addition, you will have an MRI of your shoulder during the second visit.  You will be paid a total of $100 for participation in the study (see visit and payment schedule below).

To participate in this study, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Scheduled for rotator cuff repair surgery

  • Age 50 or older

  • Not diabetic

  • Weight that does not exceed the maximum for your height (see table below)

If you meet ALL of the requirements above and are interested in participating in the study, please fill out the form below and click on the [Submit] button.  Someone from the Motion Analysis Laboratory will contact you about participating in the study within one week.

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Need More Info?

We understand you may have questions which you'd like to have answered before committing to being involved in this project.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us by e-mail at bjc@hfhs.org.  Someone from our laboratory will be in touch with you within a day or two of receiving your message.

Thank you for your consideration of this important endeavor.  We realize that participating in this study is a big commitment, but we will do everything we can to work around your schedule and be respectful of your time.  This study is very important and we believe that information learned during this study will lead to improved surgical techniques and better outcomes in the future for patients with a rotator cuff tear.

Directions To Our Laboratory

Our laboratory is located in the Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences (IBio) Center.  The address is 6135 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 (see map below). 

The IBio Center is a 3-story building that encompasses the entire city block bordered by Amsterdam, Burroughs, Cass, and Woodward (map below).  Secure, free parking is available for you in a gated lot on the south side of the building, accessible from Burroughs Street.  Upon arrival, press the intercom button at the gate.  Security will be expecting you and will open the gate.  Once you have parked, the main entrance to the building is located on the Woodward Avenue side of the building.