Clavicle (AP cephalic view)

Dr Henry Knipe and Andrew Murphy et al.

The clavicle AP cephalic angulation view is a standard projection part of the clavicle series. Often used in conjunction with the AP clavicle, this projection straightens out the clavicle and projects it above overlaying anatomy.

  • patient is preferably erect
  • midcoronal plane of the patient is parallel to the image receptor, in other words, the patient's back is against the image receptor
  • the clavicle 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
    • just below mid clavicle  
    • angled cephalic 15-30° 
  • collimation
    • superior to the skin margins
    • inferior to include mid scapula 
    • lateral to include the skin margin
    • medial to include the sternoclavicular joint
  • orientation  
    • landscape
  • detector size
    • 18 cm x 24 cm
  • exposure
    • 60-70 kVp
    • 10-18 mAs
  • SID
    • 100 cm
  • grid
    • yes (this can vary departmentally)
  • the clavicle is 'flattened out' projecting above the shoulder girdle
  • a slight overlap of the humeral head with the glenoid

Remember to move your detector to compensate for the cephalic angulation. This projection can often better demonstrate subtle clavicle fractures, if you can't see anything on the AP projection, this should be your next point of call. 

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  • Figure 1: AP 20° cephalic
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  • Figure 2: AP clavicle with no angle
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