Appendicular films (early clinical)

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

Appendicular films are x-rays taken of the bones and joints of the arms and legs. I've used this term to separate the x-rays taken as part of an assessment of non-acute disease from trauma films which represent x-rays taken at the time of an accident.

Appendicular films are commonly requested in orthopaedic and rheumatology clinics. In orthopaedic clinics, films are used for the assessment of joint alignment and state (e.g. is there evidence of degenerative joint disease in osteoarthritis). In rheumatology, x-rays are used to make an assessment of joint disease in a systemic process. Appendicular films are also used by physiotherapists and general practitioner who usually request them to rule out bony pathology causing symptoms before continuing with other treatments.


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