Shenton line

Last revised by Yuranga Weerakkody on 16 Aug 2022

Shenton line is an imaginary curved line drawn along the inferior border of the superior pubic ramus (superior border of the obturator foramen) and along the inferomedial border of the neck of femur. This line should be continuous and smooth1.  

Interruption of the Shenton line can indicate (in the correct clinical scenario):

History and etymology

The line was first described in 1902 by Edward Warren Hine Shenton (1872-1955), an English radiologist 2.

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Cases and figures

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  • Figure 2: Shenton line
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  • Case 1: interrupted on the right
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