Ultrasound of the elbow

Carlo Martinoli, Stefano Bianchi, Maria Pia Zamorani, Joaquin Lemos Zunzunegui, Lorenzo E. Derchi

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This article describes the use of ultrasound (US) in the evaluation of the elbow. US is able to visualize several abnormalities affecting tendons, muscles, ligaments and bursae around the elbow joint as well as to delineate the nature of soft-tissue swelling, such as a space-occupying lesion or synovial enlargment. Occult fractures, osteophytes and intra-articular loose bodies can be depicted with this technique as well. At the cubital tunnel, US allows accurate imaging of the ulnar nerve and to document changes that occur in compressive syndromes. Over other imaging modalities, US offers several key advantages, including cost effectiveness, availability and ability to perform a dynamic examination of tendon movement and joint motion. With continued experience, it is likely that the use of US will increase further with regards to evaluation of soft-tissue abnormalities of the elbow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Ultrasound
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Elbow
  • Injuries-cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Injuries-tendon
  • Ultrasound-elbow
  • Ultrasound-joints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Bioengineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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