Elbow - Radial Head

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Name of projection Elbow - Radial Head
Area Covered Radial head, neck and tuberosity
Pathology shown Fractures and dislocations of elbow, particularily the radial head
Radiographic Anatomy Elbow Radiographic Anatomy
IR Size & Orientation 18 x 24 cm
Film / Screen Combination Detail
(CR and DR as recommended by manufacturer)
Bucky / Grid No
Filter No
Exposure 52 kVp
5 mAs
FFD / SID100cm
Central Ray Directed to radial head
Angled 45° towards the shoulder
Collimation Four sides of collimation
Markers Distal and Posterior
Marker orientation AP
Shielding Gonadal (check your department's policy guidelines)
Respiration Not applicable
  • Patient seated at end of table
  • Elbow flexed to 90°
  • Raise table or drop shoulder so that humerus and forearm are at the same plane
  • CR directed to the radial head, angled 45° towards the shoulder

Area Covered
Special Notes