Introduction to Trauma X-ray
Tutorial introduction

Tutorial key points

  • Use the correct anatomical terms for description of bone and joint injuries
  • X-rays are used to diagnose fractures - assesses fracture treatment - and to check for fracture complications
  • Be aware of the appearances of fracture mimics

Related tutorials

This tutorial introduces some key principles regarding the role of X-rays in the setting of trauma. The common terminology used for describing fractures is discussed.

Basic concepts are introduced regarding the use of X-rays in management of fractures and dislocations. X-ray appearances of fracture complications, and some common fracture mimics are also described.

Before starting you may find it helpful to read the short tutorial on Musculoskeletal X-ray - General principles.

Your course assessment certificate

A certificated course completion assessment is available which is based on the material in this tutorial and the related sections.

All the certificated online course completion assessments provided by Radiology Masterclass award CPD/CME credits in accordance with the CPD Scheme of the Royal College of Radiologists, London, UK.

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Last reviewed: July 2019