Which imaging studies are performed in the evaluation of clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Imaging studies

  • Chest radiography: Obtain an expiration posteroanterior (PA) chest film (along with the above-mentioned ABG test) if a pulmonary injury is suspected or identified

  • Radiography of the clavicle and shoulder

  • Computed tomography (CT) scanning with 3-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction: To help evaluate displaced fractures

  • Arteriography: If a vascular injury is suspected

  • Ultrasonography

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