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In dogs, what is the sensitivity and specificity of using ultrasound as a diagnostic test to identify meniscal damage?

Clinical bottom line

Although there are limited studies assessing the accuracy of ultrasound for detecting meniscal damage, it appears to be a potentially useful diagnostic test with reported sensitivity varying from 82–95% and specificity from 82–93% when compared to arthroscopy or arthrotomy findings. Experience of the ultrasonographer is also likely to be an important factor to consider.

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