Magnetic resonance imaging of the rotator cuff.

Department of Radiology, University of California San Francisco 94143-0628, USA.
Seminars in Roentgenology (Impact Factor: 0.56). 08/2000; 35(3):200-16. DOI: 10.1053/sroe.2000.7329
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