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Acromioclavicular Joint Stresses Views

  • used to evaluate the extent of ligament injury to the A-C joint

Technique

  • patient is erect;
  • 10 to 20 pound wts (depending on patient size) are looped over the patient's wrists suspending them from the wrists;
  • these are not to be griped by the patient, as the act of gripping may tense the shoulder muscles and alter the radiographs;
  • AP views of both A-C joints (preferably on one cassette) with AC-joint exposure technique are obtained