Radiographic Views and Imaging of the Shoulder

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Summary:Diagnostic imaging of the shoulder has advanced rapidly over the past several years. Sophisticated imaging modalities, such as computed tomography scans, bone scans, arthrograms, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasonograms, are available for evaluating shoulder problems. However, the first study of injuries and abnormal conditions about the shoulder is standard radiography. Shoulder radiographs provide essential information to the clinician, such as the presence of bony lesions and evidence of dislocation. Standard views and several special views are available to help the clinician make the diagnosis.

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