Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 49, Issue 12, pp 1629–1642 | Cite as

Magnetic resonance imaging of elbow injuries in children

  • Nancy A. ChauvinEmail author
  • Cristy N. Gustas-French
Musculoskeletal imaging


Evaluating elbow injuries is challenging because of the complex anatomy of the joint. In children, injury patterns depend on the sports-specific mechanism as well as the stage of skeletal maturity. This article reviews the anatomy of the elbow and common injury patterns seen in children, with an emphasis on MRI and the throwing athlete. Imaging pitfalls specific to children are described.


Adolescents Children Elbow Injury Magnetic resonance imaging Osteochondral injury Throwing athlete Ulnar collateral ligament 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyPenn State Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA

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