Imaging of the Wrist and Hand

, Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, Montrèal, Canada.

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Medscape General Medicine. 1999;1(1) 

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Summary

Radiologic evaluation of the traumatized wrist almost always commences with plain films. In instances where bony injury is suspected, CT or MRI should be pursued. Bone scintigraphy is primarily a screening tool for bone pathology. As such, a negative bone scan should herald the end of a search for osseous injury. Soft tissue injury may be inferred by fluoroscopy or arthrography, whereas ultrasonography and high-resolution MRI offer direct visualization of ligament and tendon pathology.

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