Scaphoid Cortical Ring Sign
AKA Signet Ring Sign

 

 

General Considerations

  • The scaphoid cortical ring sign is produced by the foreshortened appearance of the distal pole of the scaphoid rotated on its axis by scapholunate dissociation, one of the manifestations of carpal instability syndromes
  • It may, however, be present normally and should be evaluated in light of clinical findings
  • Normally, the distance between the scaphoid and the lunate is < 3 mm in the frontal view
  • With scapholunate dissociation, this distance increase ( > 3 mm)
  • Ulnar deviation will cause an increase in the scapholunate gap
  • Radial deviation will close the gap 

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Scaphoid Cortical Ring Sign.
When there is rotation of the scaphoid as can occur with scapholunate dissociation (widening of distance between scaphoid and lunate to greater than 3 mm), (yellow arrow), a ring-shaped density can appear as a sign of foreshortening (white arrow).
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