Typical shoulder X-ray views include: An axial view can also be used as an alternative to the scapula Y view if the patient is unable to tolerate the positioning required to obtain this view. Figure 1. A normal AP view 1 Figure 1.1.
Shoulder radiographs are performed for a variety of indications including: shoulder trauma. bony tenderness at the glenohumeral joint/region. restriction of rotation. instability. suspected dislocation. AC joint injury.
When shoulder instability becomes recurrent, a complete radiographic study may help get to the diagnosis. Radiographs show osseous lesions of the humerus or glenoid in 95% of patients with chronic anterior instability.