Imaging of the Hand and Wrist

Clin Sports Med. 2020 Apr;39(2):223-245. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2019.10.003. Epub 2020 Feb 4.


Imaging plays a key role in the evaluation and treatment planning of hand and wrist injuries in athletes. Depending on the suspected injury, a combination of conventional radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance arthrography, and/or ultrasound may be indicated. This article reviews the strengths and limitations of these imaging modalities and how they can be utilized in commonly encountered clinical questions.

Keywords: CT; Imaging; MRI; Radiograph; Ultrasound.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthrography
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Hand Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wrist Injuries / diagnostic imaging*