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Radiography of the Upper Extremity and Shoulder Girdle

Radiography > Radiography Procedures

Materials Included:

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  • XRUE_jpeg Video
  • XRUE_jpeg Anatomy
  • XRUE_jpeg Simulation
  • XRUE_jpeg Quiz
This module teaches you how to prepare for, set up and obtain radiographic projections of the upper extremity and shoulder girdle.

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This module teaches you how to prepare for, set up and obtain radiographic projections of the upper extremity and shoulder girdle. Including both practice and test modes, the online procedure simulator provides three different patient scenarios. It offers students and practitioners the knowledge, cognitive skills and a safe practice environment to perform these radiographic procedures accurately in preparation for working in a clinical setting. This module is ideal if you are studying for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) registry exams.

You’ll learn

  • to practice, perfect and test your skills in obtaining radiography images of the upper extremity, including the finger, wrist, arm, elbow, humerus, shoulder, scapula, acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) and clavicle
  • to better visualize and understand the anatomy of the upper extremity and shoulder girdle, with our 3D anatomical model
  • to identify the indications and contraindications for performing radiographic procedures of the upper extremity and shoulder girdle
  • how to manage the requirements of trauma and pediatric patients requiring X-rays of the upper extremity and shoulder girdle
  • how to position a patient to obtain optimal images of the upper extremity and shoulder girdle
  • how to analyze radiographs for quality and correct positioning criteria
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information)
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment and room preparation
Step 1.2 - Patient preparation
Step 1.3 - Technologist preparation
Step 2 - Finger projections
Step 2.1 - Routine projections
Step 2.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 2.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 3 - Hand projections
Step 3.1 - Routine projections
Step 3.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 3.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 4 - Wrist projections
Step 4.1 - Routine projections
Step 4.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 4.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 5 - Forearm projections
Step 5.1 - Routine projections
Step 5.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 5.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 6 - Elbow projections
Step 6.1 - Routine projections
Step 6.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 6.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 7 - Humerus
Step 7.1 - Routine projections
Step 7.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 7.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 8 - Shoulder and scapula
Step 8.1 - Shoulder
Step 8.1.1 - Routine projections
Step 8.1.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 8.1.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 8.2 - Scapula
Step 8.2.1 - Routine projections
Step 8.2.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 8.2.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 9 - Clavicle
Step 9.1 - Routine projections
Step 9.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 9.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 10 - Acromioclavicular joints and upper limb measurement
Step 10.1 - Acromioclavicular joints
Step 10.1.1 - Routine projections
Step 10.1.2 - Pediatric considerations
Step 10.1.3 - Trauma considerations
Step 10.2 - Upper Limb Measurement (Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist)
Step 10.2.1 - Upper limb measurement: AP - shoulder, elbow, and wrist
Step 10.2.2 - Pediatric considerations
  • Describe indications for radiographic procedures of the upper extremities
  • Describe and utilize radiographic positioning terminology
  • Discuss anatomical details of the upper extremities
  • Discuss upper extremity protocols
  • Describe positioning criteria and anatomical landmarks for each upper extremity projection
  • Discuss the radiographic requirements of the upper extremities with regard to trauma and pediatric patients
  • Analyze radiographs for quality and for correct positioning criteria
  • Explain the Patient's Bill of Rights, HIPAA Privacy Rule (HIPAA), and Patient Safety Act (see reference)


The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including key terms and hyperlinks to references
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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