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PEM Ortho X-ray Curriculum

Normal Anatomy

x-ray of a normal elbow
FIGURE 1: Normal Elbow

Proper elbow views (Figure 1)

A proper AP view should be performed with the forearm in supination. The elbow should be in as much extension as tolerated.  On a true lateral of the distal humerus, an "hourglass" (Figure 1) should be visualized; this is also known as a "figure-of-eight" configuration.