Calcaneus x-ray (summary)

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

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

Reference article

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


  • indications
    • ankle trauma where the suspicion is of calcaneus injury
      • jump/fall from height
      • focal tenderness
  • procedure
    • lateral and axial views of the calcaneus
      • axial view is an oblique view in the midline
  • similar tests

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: lateral view
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  • Figure 2: axial view
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