Which standard radiography views are used in the diagnosis of clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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An anteroposterior (AP) view and a 45° cephalic tilt view are standard for the initial radiographic evaluation. These will delineate fracture displacement, as well as fractures to the medial clavicle and first rib. (The proximal humerus and scapula should be looked at for possible associated fractures.) The AP view needs to include the sternoclavicular joint and the shoulder girdle; most clavicle fractures are evident on this view. The 45° cephalad view may be required to define the degree of displacement.


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