Cost of Pelvis X-Ray in India
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What is X-Ray Pelvis?
X-Ray is a non-invasive test used to diagnose and treat various medical conditions. The pelvis consists of bones called ilium, ischium, and pubis and hip joint.
X-Ray Pelvis uses ionized radiation to identify the internal structure of the pelvis, specifically the area between hip bones holding reproductive organs and some parts of the digestive system. X-Ray Pelvis is used after an accident or fall to detect the location and severity of fractured bones or dislocated joints. It is a safe and painless test.
Why is the X-Ray Pelvis done?
In case a patient suffers a fall, injury or other kinds of accidents, doctors recommend an X-ray to diagnose the presence of any pelvic bone fracture/dislocation of pelvic joints. If the injuries require surgery, an X-Ray is mandatory before the procedure. Even after the operation, an X-Ray is necessary to see the results. There are various reasons to perform X-Ray Pelvis:
- When the doctor suspects pelvic bone fracture/pelvic joint dislocation after injury
- Post-surgery follow-up
- If a patient has hip pain
- Hip arthritis
- Hip dislocation
- Sacroiliitis: Inflammation of sacrum and ilium joint (sacroiliac joint)
- In case of tumors in and around the pelvic area
- Ankylosing spondylitis: Condition involving stiffness of the spine and the sacroiliac joint
- Late-stage infections of the pelvic bones
Who should get the X-Ray Pelvis done?
X-Ray Pelvis detects broken bones, ligaments, cartilage or joints after any injury. It is highly suitable for an initial diagnosis. To get a detailed view, the doctors might suggest MRI or CT scan. You can go for X-ray Pelvis due to the following reasons:
- Determines the location and severity of the fractures
- Constant pain, swelling in the pelvic region
- Deformity in the pelvic region, hip or upper leg
- Recurring pain in the joints indicating arthritis
- Stiffness of the spine due to spondylitis
Disclaimer: It is advised to always consult your doctor for interpreting the test reports.
What precautions should I take before X-Ray Pelvis?
- Please follow the instructions suggested by your doctor.
- Inform if one is on any medications or if there is any ongoing treatment.
- Inform the doctor if you had any history of previous surgery.
- Show your old reports, if any.
- Inform if one is pregnant/breast-feeding/menstruating.
- Inform your doctor if you are allergic to dye.
What does the X-Ray Pelvis measure?
During the procedure, the X-ray technician takes X-ray images of the pelvic region. The test measures the alignment of bones, cartilages, joints, and soft tissues. In the X-Ray Pelvis, the whole pelvis must be visible to show the accurate alignment of the pelvic bones and joints.
X-Ray Pelvis gives images of certain bones like the acetabulum, femoral heads, pubis sacrum, and lumbar vertebrae. This helps assess dislocation of joints, fractures, and bone lesions. X-ray of the pelvis looks for cartilage and joints like pubic symphysis and sacroiliac joints. It also checks for soft tissue shadows outside the pelvis and disruption of fat planes inside the pelvis.
What are the tests included in the X-Ray Pelvis?
X-Ray Pelvis is the imaging test of the pelvic region creating black and white images of the pelvic bones, cartilages, joints, and soft tissues. There is no additional test included in the X-Ray Pelvis.
X-Ray Pelvis preparation inside the laboratory
The X-Ray Pelvis test requires little preparation.
- Remain calm during the procedure to avoid blurring of the images. Sit as per the instructions given by the technician.
- Wear comfortable and loose clothes to move swiftly, if required, during the X-ray. You might be asked to change into a hospital gown.
- Remove any jewelry or belt or any metallic item near the waist or around the abdomen/pelvis. If you have metal implants, inform the doctor in advance because these can block transmission of X-rays through your body and can change the test results. Usually, the implants are visualized post surgery by X-ray.
- If there is a need for a contrast medium or dye before the test, doctors administer it in the form of an injection or enema or pill. This contrast medium helps identify the specific organs from the neighboring tissues.
If the X-ray is pre-planned, then you may be advised to keep your stomach empty.
X-Ray Pelvis procedure
The X-ray technician will explain how to position yourself in front of an X-ray machine based on the region to be imaged. The procedure takes a few seconds or minutes. He/she might ask you to lie down, sit or stand throughout the test based on your medical condition. It is important to be still to get clear images.
An X-ray machine sends the ionized radiation through your body. The dense body parts like bones appear white because they block the transmission of rays. Soft tissues like muscle, fat, and organs allow the X-ray to pass through them, and appear as gray. Any abnormality in the images indicate medical issues and needs the consultation of a doctor.
Some X-ray machines have large cameras connected to the steel arms. These capture X-ray images of different parts using sensors.
What to expect after the X-Ray Pelvis is done?
The X-ray technician gets the images within 10 minutes and sends the reports to the radiology doctor. The doctor views the X-ray image and then determines the absence or presence or the extent of an injury. Under severe conditions, the doctor recommends other diagnostic tests, imaging tests or blood tests. You can resume your normal activities after an X-Ray Pelvis test if you are advised to do so.
The radiologist looks for proper alignment of bones, cartilage, and joints like pubic symphysis and acetabulum, soft tissues outside the pelvis, and disruption of fat planes inside the pelvis.
Inform the doctor if you have any reaction to the contrasting medium. The doctor might suggest some medications to give you relief from itching, pain, redness or swelling due to the reaction.
When will I get the X-Ray Pelvis report?
The radiologist prepares the reports of the X-Ray Pelvis within an hour after the test. In case of an emergency, you might get the results quickly. For non-emergency, the radiologist can take 1-2 days to give the reports in case a detailed evaluation is needed.
You can consult the radiologist about the test. You must consult your doctor after getting the test results from the laboratory.
Disclaimer: The time may vary based on your condition and the availability of the radiologist.
How will I get the X-Ray Pelvis report?
X-Ray Pelvis is a quick test giving images within 5-10 minutes. A radiologist will read the images and provide reports. You can consult your treating doctor about the test reports.
You can either get reports directly from the laboratory or download them from the MFine app. An expert doctor analyzes your test report for free on the MFine app. The doctor is available online for consultation.
To download the test reports:
- Log in to MFine
- Go to your profile
- Click on Attachment and Reports
- Click on Lab Report
- Download the report
How to interpret the X-Ray Pelvis report?
The doctor analyzes the structure of pelvic bones and joints from the X-ray images. If images show fracture or dislocation, doctors decide on further follow-up (surgery or imaging test) to cure the ailment.
For an accurate diagnosis, radiologists view an anteroposterior (AP) projection of the pelvic region. In case of fractures in AP view, it is followed by an inlet and outlet view and oblique view. X-ray images can detect fracture (presence and severity), hip dislocation, ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis of the lower spine, tumor of pelvic bones or abnormal shape of the pelvis or hip joint.
Is there any risk involved?
X-Ray Pelvis causes less harm than other imaging tests like CT scans or MRIs because it contains ionizing radiations. You can undergo X-ray even after implantation, but it is not possible with MRI or CT scan.
The fetus is sensitive to X-ray radiations, so pregnant women must avoid X-ray or at least shield the abdominal region to avoid radiation if X-ray is needed for other body parts. If imaging of the abdomen or pelvis is required in pregnancy, alternate imaging techniques like MRI/ultrasound is preferred. Even children are more sensitive to X-ray. If possible, ultrasound is an alternative imaging test. Long-term exposure to the radiation can result in random mutations in the genes. It is recommended to limit the exposure to X-rays.
Some people may show reactions to contrasting mediums like itching, swelling, pain or redness.
What are the equipment or instruments used for X-Ray Pelvis?
X-Ray Pelvis instruments and X-ray systems capture the density and composition of the internal organs. Film-based X-ray instruments and X-Ray systems generate radiographic images. Such images are produced again on screens. X-ray generators act as a source to generate X-ray radiation. The X-ray machine comprises pulsed technology (how the device transmits X-rays), programmable controls, printer, real-time imaging, and data-logging capability. They have inbuilt cooling using water or air.
How long does the X-Ray Pelvis take?
X-Ray Pelvis is a quick and painless test. Entire procedure takes around 10 minutes. The exposure to radiation is usually for a few seconds. If you are going for your child’s X-ray, let them sit or lie down still throughout the procedure to avoid blurred or unclear images. Infants might need gentle restraint, hence must be compulsorily accompanied by their parents. You can resume your usual activities after X-Ray Pelvis if advised by your doctor. In case of pelvic fractures, you may be asked to take rest completely. You can consult the doctor about the results of your reports.
How do I book the X-Ray Pelvis through MFine?
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Frequently asked questions on X-Ray Pelvis
What is the basic principle behind X-ray?
X-ray gives black and white images of organs. Dense body parts like bones block the passage of X-ray beams thus appearing white. Softer tissues like muscles and fat allow X-ray to pass through them, thus appearing gray. Air-filled spaces like lungs look black.
What type of injuries cannot be detected by X-Ray Pelvis?
X-Ray Pelvis is highly effective for diagnosing fractures in the bones and joints as a result of accidents or falls. But it may not be able to detect hairline fractures, bone bruises or torn ligaments. It is also not effective for the bones of the spine. In such conditions, doctors ask patients to go for other imaging tests like MRI or CT scan.
What exactly is a contrasting medium?
A contrast medium is a liquid containing a group of chemicals like Iodine and Barium. It outlines a specific region of your body on the X-ray image. Doctors administer it as a pill, an injection or an enema. Some patients might have reactions to it like itching, pain, swelling or redness.
What is the meaning of black spots on X-Ray Pelvis?
X-Ray Pelvis gives black and white images of the pelvis. Pelvic bones appear white. The air appears black on the X-ray images. Dark black spots on the X-Ray Pelvis might be due to excess gas in the intestines in the area. White spots signify abnormal growth in the pelvic region. It is advisable to consult your doctor for better interpretation of your X-ray results.
Do I need to remove clothes before X-Ray Pelvis?
No, there is no need to remove clothes before X-Ray Pelvis, but your clothes must be loose and comfortable. Along with these, there must be no zips, belts, buckles or buttons around the pelvis region because they might affect test results. If your clothes have any of these, you will be asked to change to a hospital gown.
What is the cost of X-Ray Pelvis on the MFine app?
The cost of X-Ray Pelvis varies from city to city in India. The average cost is around Rs. 210 to Rs.250.
Can I undergo X-Ray Pelvis if I have a metal implant inside my body?
Yes, you can undergo X-Ray Pelvis even if you have metal implants inside your body because these implants don’t have any effect during an X-ray procedure. In fact, after implants, doctors ask for an X-ray to check the correct placement of implants in the body. Although, you cannot undergo an MRI scan later.
Am I allowed to eat or drink something before X-Ray Pelvis?
Yes, you can eat or drink anything and take medicines before or after undergoing an X-Ray Pelvis unless your doctor advises otherwise. If the doctor uses a contrasting medium during the test, avoid eating or taking medications for a few hours after the test.
What is the term for arthritis of the pelvis?
Sacroiliac joint is situated at the point where the pelvis connects to the lower spine. Sacroiliitis is the inflammation of the sacrum joint resulting in pain in the buttocks or lower back. Under severe conditions, pain can spread to the legs and worsen after prolonged standing or climbing.
Does X-Ray Pelvis hurt?
X-Ray Pelvis is a comfortable and painless test. If you have fractures or dislocation, you may feel pain while positioning yourself for X-ray. The pain is mainly due to the injury and not from X-ray.
Q. What are the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?
Early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include stiffness and pain in the lower back and hips. The pain worsens in the morning and after prolonged inactivity. Usually the pain worsens and stops at irregular intervals.
How can X-Ray Pelvis detect cancer or tumor?
X-Ray Pelvis can detect cancer or tumor through the images of the bones and joints. If the X-ray images show irregular growth of the bone or surrounding tissues, it might indicate hip cancer. Doctors might ask for biopsies or other imaging tests later.
What could be the reason for hip dislocation?
One of the main reasons for hip dislocation is motor vehicle collision. When the knee hits the dashboard, the force of the collisions drives the thigh backward. It drives the femur head out of the hip socket resulting in hip dislocation.
Is it possible to use X-ray for treatment?
Yes, doctors can use X-ray for treatment of cancer. But, it is a part of radiation therapy, where X-ray and other high-energy radiation are used to destroy cancerous cells by damaging their DNA. This is different from routinely used X-rays for diagnosis of fractures/dislocations.
Can X-Ray Pelvis affect fertility?
No, X-Ray Pelvis doesn’t affect fertility because it focuses on the pelvis, and not on the reproductive organs. Sperms or eggs don’t come in direct contact with X-ray radiations and, if they do, exposure time is only a few seconds. Hence, there will be no harm.
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