Hand series (summary)

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

A hand series (or hand x-ray) may be performed for a multitude of reasons. However, they are most commonly used in the assessment of trauma, by clinical teams within the Emergency Department or Orthopaedic service.

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Summary

  • indications
    • suspicion of bony injury
    • assessment of radio-opaque foreign body
  • procedure
    • AP and oblique views of the hand
    • a lateral is of little use unless answering specific questions
    • extends from radiocarpal joint to the tips of fingers
  • similar series
  • important pathology

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rID: 50598
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Hand x-ray (summary)

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