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Elbow & Humerus

DELBOW2V
DELBOW3V

ELBOW

ROUTINES:

  • PAIN/NO INURY: AP & Lateral.
  • TRAUMA: AP, Lateral & Radial Head view.
  • Pediatric Routine: No Radial Head on pts under 10 yrs of age.

DISTANCE: 40”

BUCKY: No

FOCAL SPOT: Small

IMAGING PLATE: CR cassette-8x10

CENTRAL RAY:

  • AP & Lateral: Perpendicular to elbow joint.
  • Radial Head: 45° up the humerus @ radial head.

HELPFUL POSITIONING:

  1. Lateral: Have patient’s entire arm all on the same plane. Bend elbow 90°.
  2. Radial head-place elbow in lateral position & central ray angle 45° up the humerus to throw the radial head free of the ulna.
  3. If patient is not able to extend arm completely, separate views must be taken of the distal humerus & proximal forearm. If necessary, angle accordingly.

Updated 8/5/2007


DHUM

HUMERUS

ROUTINES: AP and Lateral diagonal on cassette to include both the shoulder & the elbow joint.

DISTANCE: 40”

BUCKY: Can be done non-bucky or standing at the upright bucky.

FOCAL SPOT: Small

IMAGING PLATE: CR-use 14x17 cassette

CENTRAL RAY: Perpendicular to the mid-shaft of the humerus.

HELPFUL POSITIONING:

  1. If patient is unable to move arm for both views, a transthoracic of the humerus must be taken.
  2. If you cannot get a good lateral elbow; try doing the lateral with the patient in the PA position with the humerus up against the bucky.

Updated 10/19/1990

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