X - Ray Left Hand AP & Oblique Views
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What is X - Ray Left Hand AP & Oblique Views?
An X-ray of the hand is a safe and painless test to visualise the bones of the hand and the soft tissues (skin and muscles) surrounding it using small amount of radiation. The bones of the hand includes the carpals (wrist bones), the metacarpals (bones between the wrist and fingers) and phalanges (bones of fingers). The image is recorded on a special X-ray film. The X-ray image is black and white. Dense structures such as the bones, appear white and softer body tissues, such as the skin and muscles appear darker. The actual exposure time to radiation is usually less than a second, although the overall test may take 15-20 minutes.
Why is X - Ray Left Hand AP & Oblique Views done?
- To diagnose any broken/fractured bones of the hand and to monitor the healing of the broken bone, after it has been set.
- To diagnose any infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of the joints).
Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about X - Ray Left Hand AP & Oblique Views
Frequently Asked Questions about X - Ray Left Hand AP & Oblique Views
Q. What are the drawbacks of a bone X-ray?
X-ray images give a very clear view of the bones. However, it does not provide a good visual image of the soft tissues like tendons, muscles or fat tissue under the skin. Even the bone microfractures or complicated spine injuries are not clearly visible on the X Ray images. Apart from this, it also exposes the patient to some amount of radiations but the benefit of the information gained from an X-ray image outweighs the risk of radiations.
Q. Who interprets the X-ray results?
The interpretation of an X-Ray image is carried out by a radiologist who analyses or reads the X-ray image and prepares a report of the findings which is shared with the patient.