Scaphoid series (summary)

Last revised by Raymond Chieng on 30 Apr 2022
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

A scaphoid series (or scaphoid 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 Orthopedic service.

Reference article

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


  • indications
    • suspicion of bony injury of the scaphoid
  • procedure
    • AP and oblique views of the wrist
    • axial view of the scaphoid (to free it from superimposition) 
    • two further dedicated views of the scaphoid
  • similar series
    • wrist series
      • distal radius and ulna, carpals and proximal metacarpals
    • hand series
      • radiocarpal joint to the tips of the fingers
  • important pathology

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