True AP View

Glenohumeral Joint Imaging

Radiology technicians should note the position of patient and x-ray beam relative to the patient for each view. Photo of each set-up appears on the left.  The corresponding radiograph appears on the right.

True AP View

Position – Patient is erect or sitting with arm in sling or shoulder internally rotated. Affected scapula is flat against the x-ray cassette.

X-ray Beam – Directed perpendicular to the scapula and x-ray cassette, i.e., angled 45-degrees to frontal plane of thorax.

Demonstrates – Glenohumeral joint with glenoid seen in profile separate from the humeral head. Best view to demonstrate glenohumeral arthrosis.