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X – Ray Left Knee Skyline View

Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray is used to diagnose arthritis in the knee joint and to check joint alignment.

What is Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray?

X-Ray imaging assesses arthritis between the kneecap and the thigh bone. [3]

  • Used in cases where severe damage to the knee joint is anticipated.
  • Used to reveal abnormalities.
  • Used for the detection of severe damage to the knee joint.

Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray is rarely done during routine checkups.

How is Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray done?

The Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray is performed by placing the knee under an X-Ray machine.

Lateral Knee X-Ray can be done in two ways [1]:

  • The detector is kept distal to the knee this is called the Merchant View.
  • The detector is kept proximal to the knee this is called the Laurine View.

It is done by flexing the knee while the detector is perpendicular to the long axis of the limb.

The entire procedure takes about 10-15 minutes.

Side effects/risks of Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray

A Left Knee LAT View X-Ray has minimal risk of causing cancer and other radiation related side effects. Children may be more susceptible to the effects of radiation.

Preparation before performing Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray

No extensive preparation is required before getting a Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray.

However, some important points to keep in mind are [2]:

  • Remove any clothing around the knee to prevent it from obstructing the X-Ray image.
  • Remove all jewellery and metal objects so that they do not appear on the X-Ray.
  • Inform the technician of any metal implants so that it can be taken into consideration while viewing the X-Ray.

It is advisable to reach the test centre in advance to prepare better.

Post-care after Left Knee Skyline View X-Ray

Patients may carry on with their daily routines after the X-Ray is done.

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