Humerus series (summary)

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 03 Apr 2018
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

A humerus series (or humerus x-ray) is a set of two x-rays performed of the entire humerus. It is performed to look for evidence of injury (or pathology) affecting the humerus. It may be performed as a second test after a shoulder or elbow x-ray has demonstrated a humeral fracture.

Reference article

This is a summary article. For more information, you can read a more in-depth reference article: humerus series.


  • indications
    • suspicion of bony injury
    • assessment of a partially imaged fracture on shoulder/elbow series
  • procedure
    • include the entire bone including the shoulder and elbow joints
    • AP and lateral views of the humerus
      • views at 90 degrees to each other
  • similar tests
  • important pathology

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: normal (AP)
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  • Case 2: normal (lateral)
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