X - Ray Mastoids LAT Obl & Townes View
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Understanding X - Ray Mastoids LAT Obl & Townes View
What is X - Ray Mastoids LAT Obl & Townes View?
An X-ray of the Mastoid is a safe and painless test to visualise the mastoid, a bone of the skull, located just behind the ear. This bone is made of air containing spaces and cells that helps to drain and clean the ear. 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.
What is X - Ray Mastoids LAT Obl & Townes View used for?
- To diagnose the infection of the air spaces of mastoid (mastoiditis)
- To diagnose any suspected conditions like otitis media (infection of the ear) and cholesteatoma (abnormal skin growth in the middle ear behind the eardrum)
- To look for any suspected injury or fracture of the mastoid bones
- For the diagnosis of any suspected abnormal growth (tumor) in the mastoid bone region
Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about X - Ray Mastoids LAT Obl & Townes View
Frequently Asked Questions about X - Ray Mastoids LAT Obl & Townes View
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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