Forearm series (summary)

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

A forearm series (or forearm x-ray) is a much less common study to perform than its neighbouring elbow or wrist series. Forearm imaging may be performed in children because of difficulty to localise pain, or where there has been focal trauma to the forearm.

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  • indications
    • suspicion of forearm injury
      • i.e. not wrist and not elbow injury
    • completion imaging when further injuries are suspected
      • isolated radial or ulnar fracture looking for further fracture or dislocation
    • younger children who cannot discriminate site of injury well
  • procedure
    • AP and lateral views of the forearm
      • in one view, the wrist will be AP and the elbow lateral
      • in the other view, the wrist will be lateral and elbow, AP
      • it is challenging to get perfect views, especially of the elbow
  • similar series
    • elbow series
      • distal humerus to mid-forearm
      • covers proximal radius and ulnar
    • wrist series
      • distal radius and ulna, carpals and proximal metacarpals
  • important pathology
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