What is the role of videofluoroscopy in the workup of ulnar-sided wrist pain?

Updated: Nov 22, 2019
  • Author: David M Lichtman, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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This type of imaging examination is useful for evaluating dynamic ligament instabilities (patients with a history of wrist clicking or popping whose findings are normal on plain images). The wrist should be examined through an entire range of active and passive motion, as well as with provocative maneuvers, in an attempt to reproduce the patient's symptoms. Sagittal and coronal studies should be performed. Recording the fluoroscopic examination allows detailed study without excessive radiation exposure. The diagnosis of midcarpal instability can be confirmed on videofluoroscopy.


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