Introduction to Trauma X-ray
This tutorial introduces some key principles regarding the role of X-rays in the setting of trauma. The common terminology used for describing fractures is discussed.
Basic concepts are introduced regarding the use of X-rays in management of fractures and dislocations. X-ray appearances of fracture complications, and some common fracture mimics are also described.
Before starting you may find it helpful to read the short tutorial on Musculoskeletal X-ray - General principles.
Tutorial key points
- Use the correct anatomical terms for description of bone and joint injuries
- X-rays are used to diagnose fractures - assesses fracture treatment - and to check for fracture complications
- Be aware of the appearances of fracture mimics