Ankle x-ray (summary)

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 2 Apr 2018
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

An ankle x-ray, also known as ankle series or ankle radiograph, is a set of two x-rays of the ankle joint. It is performed to look for evidence of injury (or pathology) affecting the ankle, often after trauma.

Reference article

This is a summary article. For more information, you can read a more in-depth reference article: ankle series.


  • indications
    • ankle trauma with suspicion of bony injury
  • procedure
    • AP and lateral views of the ankle
      • AP view performed at a slight angle to open up the mortise
  • similar tests
    • tib/fib x-ray
      • specific test looking for isolated tibia/fibula injury
    • foot x-ray
      • x-ray of the foot only, not including the ankle

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: AP (mortice) view
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  • Figure 2: lateral view
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  • Figure 3: AP (straight) view - not standard
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