Forty patients with anterior dislocation of the shoulder were examined in order to demonstrate Hill-Sachs defects and bony Bankart lesions. All patients had conventional radiographs of the shoulder in two planes, special views according to Hermodsson and Bernageau and CT. The examinations were evaluated by three observers. CT was regarded as the gold standard. Sensitivity for demonstrating Hill-Sachs defects for the standard views was 45% and for the Hermodsson views was 76%. For demonstrating Bankart lesions, standard views had a sensitivity of 37% and the Bernageau view 64%. Computed tomography was markedly superior to the standard and the special views, both for demonstrating the lesions and the agreement between various observers.