Malunion of Hand Fracture Workup

Updated: Nov 29, 2021
  • Author: Palaniappan Lakshmanan, MBBS, MS, AFRCS, FRCS(Tr&Orth); Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Imaging Studies

Most malunited fractures of the hand can be detected with the help of plain radiography. The three common views (ie, anteroposterior, lateral, and oblique) yield adequate information.

Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be helpful in the assessment of complex articular injuries or carpal injuries. Three-dimensional (3D) planning based on CT data may provide useful data about the deformity, facilitate the development of patient-specific instruments, and improve the accuracy of surgical correction. [9]

In cases of carpal bone fractures, radioisotope scanning may be useful.