X - Ray Chest AP Left SIde Ribs
Understanding X - Ray Chest AP Left SIde Ribs
What is X - Ray Chest AP Left SIde Ribs?
X-Ray Chest AP Left Side Ribs test is a imaging technique used to capture anteroposterior (from front to back) images of the left lung and heart. It can detect lung infections, tumours, rib fractures, the outline of the major blood vessels, size and shape of the heart, fluid around the heart valves, and constricted arteries.
Your doctor may suggest you to take an X-ray of the chest AP left side ribs when you have breathing issue, prolonged cold/cough, or fracture of lung bone. While the X-ray treatment itself is safe and painless, but you may have some discomfort if you had recent surgery or an injury. The overall test may take 15-20 minutes. You will be asked to wear a gown, remove
any clothing and jewellery for the test.
What is X - Ray Chest AP Left SIde Ribs used for?
- To diagnose any injury or fractures of the bones of the chest wall (includes the collar bone, breastbone, ribs, shoulder blade)
- To diagnose some diseases of the lungs like infections, abnormal growth (tumors) or pneumothorax (presence of air between lungs and chest wall)
- To diagnose underlying heart diseases like enlargement of the heart, fluid around the heart or problems of the heart valve
- To diagnose any problems of the food pipe like infections, inflammations or abnormal growth
- To diagnose any perforation of the diaphragm (by presence of free air in the chest)
- To diagnose any suspected birth defects of the structures of the chest wall or the internal organs of this area