Anatomy of Elbow

Image taken from Microbe Notes

Appearance of Elbow in Axial CT Image

CT Elbow (Axial Images)

Examination Overview

Protocol Structure

00_Extremity (Adult)

  • Topogram
  • Extremity (Non Contrast)

Patient Orientation Registry in System

  • Set the orientation patient in system : Feet First – Supine
  • This is to follow the orientation of forearm and elbow (base on anatomical position)


  • Position the patient in head first supine position.
  • Raise the patient’s arm above head in supination position.
  • Align the patient’s elbow in Mid-Sagittal plane of the table (if possible).
  • Position the transverse laser light beam at the level of patient’s forearm to start the elbow topogram.

Topogram Parameters

  • Topogram length: 256 cm
  • Slice: 0.6 mm
  • Scanning direction: Caudocranial
  • Tube position: Top
  • Stop the topogram scanning when the scanning reach / pass over the elbow joint.

Non Contrast

  • Plan the Scan FOV (SFOV) box at topogram image
  • Set the top line at the level of mid forearm (radius ulna)
  • Set the bottom line at the level of mid arm (humerus).
  • Ensure the lateral line to cover elbow soft tissue outline.
  • Remind the patient to keep in place and not moving the arm.

Scanning Parameters

  • kVp: 120
  • mAs: Tube Current Modulation (TCM)
  • Scanning Direction: Craniocaudal
  • Scan Delay: 2 s
  • Slice: 3.0mm (Acq. 128 x 0.6 mm)
  • Image Comment: Non Contrast
  • Pitch: 0.8

Reconstruction of Non Contrast

Series of Images Send to SyngoVia

  1. Extremity 1.0 B30s

Series of Images Send From SyngoVia to PACS

  1. Radial ranges of elbow

Series of Images Send to PACS

  1. Topogram
  2. Extremity 3.0 B60s
  3. Extremity 1.0 B60s
  4. Extremity 1.0 B30s