Rings and things on upper extremity radiographs of emergency patients

Matthew L. Steinway, Mihra S. Taljanovic, Tim B. Hunter, Elizabeth A. Krupinski, William A. Grana

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Rings, intravenous lines, and other objects on the injured upper extremities of trauma patients are frequently overlooked by radiology and emergency department (ED) personnel. This can impair proper radiologic evaluation of the injured extremity as well as negatively affect the quality of the patient's treatment. A 1-week sample of radiographs of injured upper extremities from the ED of University Medical Center (UMC), Tucson, Arizona, showed that 20% of the studies (19 of 95) contained at least one object on the injured upper extremity, but only one radiology report (1.1%) mentioned such an object. A review of 2489 upper extremity ED radiology reports from January to June 2002 showed only 47 reports (1.9 %) that mentioned the presence of an overlying object. It is important to educate radiology department and ED personnel to remove upper extremity jewelry and place necessary medical devices on noninjured extremities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
JournalEmergency Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • Foreign body
  • Jewelry
  • Medical device
  • Radiographic technique
  • Upper extremity trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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