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Overview

X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views is a non-invasive test that is used to view the anatomy of the lower back.

What is X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views?

X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views test makes use of low-level radiation to produce detailed images of bones. X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views is performed to diagnose osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fractures in the lower spine, etc.

How is X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views performed?

X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views is carried out in a laboratory or a medical facility. The following steps are involved:

  • The patient is made to lie down or stand still with their back exposed to the X-ray machine.
  • Radiation passes through the body and is recorded on a specialized plate.
  • The patient must hold their breath during scanning to prevent the blurring of images.
  • Multiple images may be captured by changing the patient’s posture.

Risks of X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views

X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views is a simple and painless test and carries minimal risks. The following risks, however, exist:

  • The patient may have an allergic reaction to the contrast material that is injected into the body.
  • There is a slight chance that the patient may develop cancer due to radiation exposure.
  • The test is not safe for fetuses.

Preparation before performing x-ray LS spine AP and LAT views

No special preparations have to be made before undergoing X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views. The patient is advised to

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing, such as a hospital gown, during X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views.
  • Remove jewelry and other metal accessories.

Post-care after X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views

The patient can resume regular activities without any restrictions after the X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views test. The doctor should be contacted if the patient feels excessive pain or discomfort in the affected area 24 hours after performing the X-ray LS spine AP and LAT views test.

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