Acromioclavicular joint (AP view)

Mr Andrew Murphy et al.

The acromioclavicular AP view is single projection assessing the patency of the acromioclavicular joint.

See also, acromioclavicular joint injuries.

  • patient is erect
  • midcoronal plane of the patient is parallel to the image receptor, in other words, the patient's back is against the image receptor
  • acromioclavicular joint of the affected side is at the centre of the image receptor
  • affected arm is in a neutral position by the patient side
  • anteroposterior projection
  • centring point
    • at the acromioclavicular joint
  • collimation
    • superior to the skin margins
    • inferior to the humeral head
    • lateral to include the skin margin
    • medial to lateral third of the clavicle
  • orientation  
    • landscape
  • detector size
    • 18 cm x 24cm
  • exposure
    • 60-70 kVp
    • 10-15 mAs
  • SID
    • 100 cm
  • grid
    • yes (this can vary departmentally)
  • the acromioclavicular joint is central to the image with no overlap

It is not uncommon for additional projections to be requested, most commonly a bilateral view. Contrary to popular believe that the divergence beam will obscure the critical anatomy, one must take into account the rate of divergence for each joint will be equal.

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    Figure 1: normal acromioclavicular joint
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    Figure 2: acromioclavicular joint injury: grade III
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