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Serendipity View

- Discussion:
    - the name given to the 40 deg cephalic tilt view of the SC joints;
    - used to visualize the sternoclavicular joints and medial 1/3 of the clavicles for fractures or dislocation;
    - SC joints are visualized on the same film and compared side to side;

- Technique:
    - patient is supine;
    - non rigid 11 x 14 inch cassette is placed under the upper chest, shoulders, and neck;
    - beam is angled 40 deg. off verticle centered on the sternum;
    - tube to cassette distance is 60 deg for adults and 40 deg for child;
    - CT scan best evaluates the s-c joint