X - Ray Right Shoulder Joint AP/LAT
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What is X - Ray Right Shoulder Joint AP/LAT?
An X-ray of the shoulder joint is a safe and painless test to visualise the shoulder using small amount of radiation. The area of the shoulder includes the shoulder joint, the collar bone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula), bone of the upper arm (head of humerus) and the soft tissues (skin and muscles) surrounding it. 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 Right Shoulder Joint AP/LAT done?
- To diagnose any fracture of the bones that form the shoulder joint and to monitor the healing of the broken bone, after it has been set.
- To detect any infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones.
- To diagnose any suspected shoulder dislocation, frozen shoulder, and arthritis of this joint.
Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about X - Ray Right Shoulder Joint AP/LAT
Frequently Asked Questions about X - Ray Right Shoulder Joint AP/LAT
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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