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X - Ray Towne View

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Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
  2. You may have to remove your jewelry and any metal objects which might interfere with the image.

Overview


What is X - Ray Towne View?

An X-ray of the X - Ray Towne View is a safe and painless test to visualise angled AP radiograph of the skull and foramen magnum using a small amount of radiation. 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 Towne View done?

  1. To detect any extent of damage due to the fractures in the skull region
  2. To diagnose Paget’s disease (destruction of bone followed by the extreme level of bone repair)
  3. To evaluate acute mastoiditis (severe bacterial infection of the mastoid process)
  4. To determine chronic sinusitis (swelling of the sinuses area) and otosclerosis (genetic disorder causing deafness due to the extra bone formation in the inner ear)
  5. To find out the extent of stroke (lack of blood supply into the organ) and haemorrhage (blood leaks into the blood vessel) in the brain region

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