X-ray of distal radius fractures
In projectional radiography ("X-ray") of a distal radius fracture, the most important findings are displacement and whether there is intra-articular involvement.
The radius should form the contour dorsally in order to better detect even undisplaced fractures.
Even if there's an initial obvious fracture, evaluate:
- Bone contours for disruptions
- Bone areas for unusual lines that are either hypoattenuating (in case of separation) or hyperattenuating (in case of compression)
In particular, also look at the scaphoid bone (see X-ray of scaphoid fractures)
- Main article: X-ray of fractures in children
In patients with remaining growth plates, look for fracture involvement thereof (if present, see X-ray of fractures in children).
Dorsal or volar tilt
The dorsal or volar tilt can be described by an angle from the axial plane of the radius, going between:
- A line drawn between the distal ends of the articular surface of the radius.
- The axial plane of radius: Represented by a line that is perpendicular to the diaphysis of the radius.
Although this is generally the definition of dorsal or volar tilt, an alternative measure is a comparison to normal anatomical position of the articular surface of radius (which normally has a volar tilt of 11° to 12°). This is preferable to use in fractures with a dorsal tilt of up to 11° from normal anatomical position.[notes 2]
- A line drawn between the distal ends of the articular surface of the radius on an AP view of the wrist.
- A line that is perpendicular to the diaphysis of the radius.
Radial inclination is normally 21-25°.
Other important measures
- Displacemen in other directions
- Comminuted fracture, particularly if it has intra-articular involvement
- Other skeletal fractures, commonly a loose ulnar styloid process.
- If volar or dorsal tilt:
- The degree thereof
- That it is in comparison to the axial plane of radius (to avoid mixup with being in relation to the normal anatomical position)
- Other abnormal important features, if present
- See also: General notes on reporting
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- Using the axial plane of the radius in such cases would result in a "volar tilt", which is contrary to the actual disease mechanism.
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