Shenton line

Shenton line2017-01-19T12:40:05+00:00

Shenton line 

Shenton's line image from New Medical Terms

line of Shenton


A radiologic sign consisting of a curved line, drawn on a plain antero-posterior film of a horizontal pelvis, which begins at the lower margin of the femoral neck and follows along the top of the obturator foramen. This finding helps describe the axial relationship of a normal hip joint. It is disrupted (above, right) in developmental dysplasia of the hip and in fractures of the neck of femur. 

Synonyms Ménard-Shenton line, Ménard-Shenton-Makkas line, Shenton’s arch

It was first reported in 1902 by EW Hine Shenton (1872-1955), British radiologist.

References Synopsis of Roentgen Signs, p157 

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