X-ray Vision - Shoulders and Elbows

X-ray Vision - Shoulders and Elbows

Upper extremity trauma and pain related complaints are frequently encountered in the Emergency Department. In this post, we cover the basics of the anatomy of the shoulder and elbow joint, the radiographic studies frequently performed in the evaluation of shoulder/elbow injuries, and cover some commonly encountered injuries of these joints.

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Interpreting Elbow and Forearm Radiographs

Interpreting Elbow and Forearm Radiographs

Elbow injuries account for 2-3% of all emergency department visits across the nation (1). Yet, because of the elbow’s complex anatomy and the presence of numerous ossification centers in children, elbow fractures are the third most commonly missed fracture group in the ED (1). Here are some tools to help ED physicians read elbow x-rays more effectively and hopefully identify abnormalities more easily...

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