What is the role of CT scanning 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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CT scanning with 3-D reconstruction may be used to further evaluate displaced fractures. In the case of medial clavicle fractures, CT scans can show any evidence of posterior displacement of the fracture and injury to the neurovascular structures.

In addition, CT scanning may be required because routine clavicle radiographs may miss fractures due to overlap of surrounding structures, particularly at either end of the bone.


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