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Palmar transverse scan of MCP joint

The patient sits, hand supinated, arm supported. The probe is placed transversely over the metacarpophalangeal joint. The flexor tendon and volar plate lie closely together above the metacarpal head covered in cartilage. Identification of the flexor tendon is aided by tilting the probe to demonstrate an isotropy in the tendon but not the volar plate.

Ultrasound in rheumatology

Read our Topical Reviews report on the applications and value of ultrasound in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions

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