Elbow series (summary)

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

An elbow series is the standard series of radiographs that are performed when looking for evidence of fracture, dislocation or elbow joint effusion following trauma.

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  • indications
    • suspicion of bony injury
    • suspicion of elbow (or radial head) dislocation
    • elbow pain
  • procedure
    • AP lateral views of the elbow
  • anatomy
    • bones
      • proximal radius including radial head and radial neck
      • proximal ulna including olecranon and coronoid process
      • distal humerus including humeral condyles
    • joints
      • radiocapitellar joint
      • trochlear joint (humeroulnar joint)
      • proximal radioulnar joint
  • similar tests
  • important pathology
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