Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 40, Issue 12, pp 1515–1522 | Cite as

The role of ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of the forearm interosseous membrane. A review

  • Juan Rodriguez-MartinEmail author
  • Juan Pretell-Mazzini
Review Article


The interosseous membrane of the forearm is an important structure to consider in cases of elbow and forearm trauma; it can be injured after elbow or forearm fractures, leading to longitudinal forearm instability. Diagnosis of interosseous membrane injuries is challenging, and failure in diagnosis may result in poor clinical outcomes and complications. Magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound have shown to be valuable methods for the evaluation of this important structure. Both techniques have advantages and limitations, and its use should be adapted to each specific clinical scenario. This article presents an up-to-date literature review regarding the use of ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in the forearm interosseous membrane evaluation.


Forearm Interosseous membrane Magnetic resonance Ultrasonography 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trauma and Orthopaedics, Shoulder and Elbow UnitInfanta Leonor University HospitalMadridSpain
  2. 2.Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellow, Division of Orthopaedic SurgeryThe Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA

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