Using Ultrasound to Prevent Screw Penetration

J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Mar;41(3):453-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.12.020. Epub 2016 Jan 21.


Ultrasound is a readily available, inexpensive, easy-to-use, and rapid diagnostic tool. Physicians can use ultrasound to identify excessively long screws or screw penetration into joints. This article illustrates ultrasound identification of problem screws.

Keywords: Ultrasound; distal radius; fractures; screw complications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone Screws / adverse effects*
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease
  • Radius Fractures / surgery*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*