Shenton line

Shenton line is an imaginary line drawn along the inferior border of the superior pubic ramus (superior border of the obturator foramen) and along the inferomedial border of the neck of femur. This line should be continuous and smooth.  

Interruption of the Shenton line can indicate (in the correct clinical scenario)

History and etymology

The line was first described in 1902 by Edward Warren Hine Shenton (1872-1955), an English radiologist.

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rID: 2039
System: Musculoskeletal
Section: Approach
Tags: hip, refs, pelvis
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Shenton's arch
  • Shenton's line
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