The Distal Radii Chronicles: A Story Told in Imaging

Date/Time: Fri, October 2, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Distal radius fractures seem to have a bad reputation in the clinic. Not very interesting… a dime-a-dozen. This could not be farther from the truth! Fractures of the distal end of the radius are fascinating. Fracture patterns are innumerable and often mechanically complex. Fixation methods are numerous and technically intriguing. Studying distal radius fractures, evaluating surgeon fixation choices and predicting hand therapy challenges is fun and a little bit like solving a puzzle. This presentation will be almost exclusively image-based. Many X-rays and CT scans will be presented and discussed. This presentation is the culmination of many months of collecting examples of images and discussions with attending hand surgeons. It is actually a body of work that is fluid, constantly growing as cases come through our clinic.


  • Attendees will understand the significance of the volar ulnar corner in distal radius fractures

  • Attendees will understand what “locking plate” means and why it revolutionized the management of distal radius fractures

  • Attendees will understand the roll of ligamentous attachments in the fracture pattern of distal radius fractures

  • Attendees will understand why some distal radius fractures require a dorsal approach