• Pierre d’HemecourtEmail author


The elbow is an ideal joint for ultrasound visualization. It is quite accessible and may be imaged in a multi-planar manner. The tendons, ligaments, muscles, and neurovascular structures may be readily identified along with the many characteristic bony prominences. These same anatomic structures are often tender and allow for sono-palpation where the pathologic-appearing structure may be confirmed with probe compression. Additionally, the elbow mobility and superficial structures allow for dynamic imaging of symptomatic areas.


Ulnar Nerve Radial Head Biceps Tendon Ulnar Collateral Ligament Cubital Tunnel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Sports Medicine, Primary Care Sports MedicineBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA

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