Doctors diagnose SLAP tears by taking the patient's medical history and doing a physical exam. An MRI may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of the injury. In a test called an MR arthrogram, a small amount of dye is injected into the shoulder joint for the MRI to further define the labrum.
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