Which radiographic views should be used to diagnose posterior shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Radiographic projections such as an axillary view or a transscapular Y view are much more reliable and should be ordered routinely when a posterior dislocation is suspected. On both of these views, the humeral head can be seen posterior to the glenoid fossa. [9]


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