Imaging of the Elbow

  • Vincenzo Spina
  • Luca Baldini


The technological innovations of recent decades have greatly improved the diagnostic information offered by imaging modalities in the study of skeletal and joint diseases. This is due to the addition of multiplanar modalities with high contrast and spatial resolution, such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), and ultrasonography (US) to traditional modalities like plain radiography (X-ray) and nuclear medicine (NM) [1, 2, 3]. Being that the elbow has traditionally been a challenging joint not only for the orthopedic surgeon but also for the radiologist, imaging has been limited for a long time by the complexity of the elbow’s anatomy as well as technical difficulties. For example, elbow stiffness, a typical result of traumatic lesions, is the factor that more than others in the past made it difficult to obtain good diagnostic imaging. Nowadays, the existing variety of imaging modalities permit a detailed analysis of several joint diseases of the elbow by providing images of high quality [4, 5, 6].


Radial Head Medial Collateral Ligament Loose Body Coronoid Process Magnetic Resonance Arthrography 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincenzo Spina
    • 1
  • Luca Baldini
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic ImagingAUSL MO Civil Hospital B. RamazziniCarpi (MO)Italy
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic ImagingAUSL Modena NOCSE Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino and EstenseBaggiovara (MO)Italy

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