Imaging the anatomy of the brachial plexus: review and self-assessment module

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Dec;185(6 Suppl):S196-204. doi: 10.2214/AJR.05.1014.


Objective: The educational objectives of this continuing medical education activity are to describe the normal anatomy of the brachial plexus, to name the most common symptoms associated with a brachial plexopathy, to describe the most common imaging findings resulting from trauma to the brachial plexus, to describe the imaging manifestations of common neoplasias affecting the brachial plexus, and to also describe the imaging findings and symptoms related to irradiation-induced brachial plexopathies.

Conclusion: In this article, I have illustrated and described the normal anatomy of the brachial plexus; the most common symptoms related to brachial plexopathy; and imaging findings related to trauma, tumors, and irradiation affecting the brachial plexus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brachial Plexus / injuries
  • Brachial Plexus / pathology*
  • Brachial Plexus / radiation effects
  • Brachial Plexus Neuropathies / complications
  • Brachial Plexus Neuropathies / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male