This educational exhibit reviews the elbow joint anatomy,
comparing illustrations and schemes with ultrasound images of its normal anatomy.
A standard procedure is followed and described.
Ultrasonography is a mainstream imaging technique which allows the dynamic evaluation of the joint,
with a high-resolution imaging of elbow anatomy with great patient acceptance and in a safe and cost-effective way. This technique allows to evaluate different pathologic conditions of the elbow with the advantages of good spatial resolution,
clinical correlation and dynamic assessment of disease,
contralateral comparison and the ability to guide interventions. The elbow...
Findings and procedure details
TECHNIQUE The ultrasonography of the elbow joint is performed with the patient seated in front of the examiner with the elbow placed on an examination table or with the patient in the supine position.
It is important to perform a dynamic evaluation with varying degrees of patient arm rotation and joint stress manoeuvres and,
owing to the curvilinear contours of this articulation,
a careful scanning technique is critical. A high frequency linear transducer (12-17 MHz) should be used. The...
Elbow ultrasonography represents an efficient diagnostic imaging tool for the assessment of a wide range of diseases that affect this articulation,
performed in real-time and also permitting guided intervention.
essential to have a thorough understanding of the normal elbow anatomy,
its common pathologic conditions,
and not less important,
the radiologist should be familiar with proper US technique.
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Elbow US: Anatomy,
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