Humerus series

Andrew Murphy and Dr Aditya Shetty et al.

The humerus series is usually used for the detection of traumatic injury to the shaft of the humerus.

Indications

Humerus radiographs are performed for a variety of indications including: 

  • trauma 
  • bony tenderness at the glenohumeral joint/region 
  • restriction of abduction 
  • suspected dislocation 
  • suspected bone tumours 

Projections

Standard projections
  • AP view
    • demonstrates the humerus in its natural anatomical positioning  
    • shows the entire shaft of the humerus 
  • lateral view
    • orthogonal view of the AP 
    • profile view shaft of the humerus 
    • demonstrates the degree and direction of any suspected dislocations
Modified trauma projections
  • supine AP view
    • a replacement examination to the AP view performed appropriate supine
    • examination for inspection of the entirety of the humerus
    • can be conducted regardless of body habitus or patient condition 
  • supine lateral view
    • a replacement examination to the lateral view performed supine 
    • appropriate examination for inspection of the entirety of the humerus
    • can be conducted regardless of body habitus or patient condition 
    • normally done via tube angulation but can be done transthoracic 

 

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