Scapular Fracture Workup

Updated: Oct 21, 2015
  • Author: Joseph C Schmidt, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Laboratory Studies

Tailor the laboratory evaluation of a patient with scapular fracture to the likelihood of associated injuries.


Imaging Studies


An anteroposterior shoulder view, along with a lateral scapular view, demonstrates the vast majority of scapular fractures.

A lateral scapular (trans-scapular) view, combined with an anteroposterior shoulder view, provides the necessary 2-plane assessment of the scapula.

A lateral axillary view isolates the coracoid process and helps to delineate associated shoulder dislocations.

Tangential oblique views aid in the evaluation of small or subtle scapular body fractures.

Computed tomography

A CT scan may be a helpful adjunct in glenoid and coracoid fracture assessment. [8, 9]