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Suprapatellar longitudinal scan

The patient lies supine, knee flexed at 15o. The transducer is placed longitudinally in the midline with the distal end of the probe over the superior pole of the patella.

Skin, subcutaneous fat, quadriceps tendon, prefemoral fat pads, patella and shaft of femur are visualised. The suprapatellar bursa is in the middle of the prefemoral fat pads.

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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