Hand series

Dr Aditya Shetty et al.

The hand series is comprised of a posteroanterior and oblique, projection although additional radiographs can be taken for specific indications.

The series primarily examines the metacarpals,phalanges along with the carpal bones that are consisting of the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate and hamate , radiocarpal and distal radiocarpal joint along with the distal radius and ulna.

Indications

Hand x-rays are indicated for a variety of settings including:

Projections

Standard projections
  • PA view
    • demonstrates the metacarpals, phalanges, radius and the ulna in the natural anatomical position
    • excellent view to inspect shafts of the metacarpals
    • ideal for identifying early signs of rheumatoid such are the malalignment and joint space narrowing
  • oblique view
    • external oblique projection of the hand
Additional projections
Radiographic views
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rID: 29804
Section: Radiography
Tag: shetty
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    Figure 2: frontal
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    FIgure 3: oblique
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    Figure 4: lateral
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    Figure 5: normal ballcatcher view
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    Figure 6: annotated hand PA view
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    Figure 7: annotated hand oblique view
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