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X - Ray Left Lower Ribs AP

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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.
  3. Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.

Overview


What is X - Ray Left Lower Ribs AP?

X-Ray Left lower Ribs AP test is a imaging technique used to capture anteroposterior (from front to back) images of the lower ribs (9-12). It can detect infections, tumours, rib fractures, the outline of the major blood vessels, size and shape of the lower ribs, and constricted arteries.


Your doctor may advise you to take an X-ray of the left side lower ribs AP when you met with an accident or fractured your rib 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.

Why is X - Ray Left Lower Ribs AP done?

  1. To diagnose any injury or fracture of the lower ribs (9-12)
  2. To diagnose the cause of any pain or tenderness in these ribs
  3. To diagnose any deformities or abnormal growth of these ribs

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about X - Ray Left Lower Ribs AP


Frequently Asked Questions about X - Ray Left Lower Ribs AP

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.

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