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Dorsal longitudinal scan (median)

The patient sits, hand pronated and arm supported. The probe is placed longitudinally over the midline of the wrist. Having identified the extensor tendons the probe is moved distally. The extensor tendon, radius, lunate bone are clearly visualised. The tendon may be followed distally over the capitate and third metacarpal shaft.

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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