Policeman Lesion

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Policeman Lesion

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law enforcement officer showing an obvious lesion at a light box

policeman lesion 


A popular term used in British medical circles for a lesion on an imaging study which is said to be so obvious that it could be diagnosed by a policeman or other non-cognoscenti.

The image is that of a copper showing pre-med students a greenstick fracture of the distal radius

Reference A Fox, St Mary’s Hospital, London, 2002 


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