Carpal Fractures Workup

Updated: Oct 06, 2021
  • Author: Stefanos F Haddad, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Workup

Imaging Studies

Standard radiographs, including the anteroposterior (AP), lateral, and oblique views, are usually sufficient to diagnose carpal fractures. [21]  If such fractures are not adequately depicted with standard radiographs, additional imaging studies, including bone scanning, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may help confirm them. [22, 23, 24]  A retrospective study of pediatric carpal fractures by Eckert et al suggested that MRI may be the imaging method of choice for children with persistent symptoms. [25]

Nondisplaced scaphoid fracture. Nondisplaced scaphoid fracture.
Scaphoid fracture with minimal displacement. Scaphoid fracture with minimal displacement.