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X – Ray Left Leg AP & LAT View

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Overview Brief

A Left Leg AP and LAT View X-Ray is used to assess bones for fracture, injuries, tenderness, and other abnormalities.

What is Left Leg AP and LAT View X-Ray?

X-Ray imaging of parts of the leg is done. This includes X-Ray imaging of the tibia and fibula (lower limb) and the femur (upper leg).

The Left Leg AP and LAT X-Ray image is used for the following:

  • Detection of a broken bone.
  • Determining whether a previously broken bone is satisfactorily aligned.
  • Determining the root cause of pain, tenderness and abnormalities.

Several images may be required to ensure that the whole bone is covered. [1]

How is Left Leg AP and LAT View X-Ray performed?

The Left Leg AP and LAT View X-Ray is performed by placing the leg under an X-Ray machine. [3]

  • The patient may be asked to assume multiple positions so that multiple images of the problem area can be generated.
  • Both a lateral and an anteroposterior view of the leg is taken.
  • The leg may be slightly tilted or straight.

The entire procedure takes about 10-15 minutes.

Side effects/risks of Left Leg AP and LAT View X-Ray

A Left Leg AP and 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 Leg AP and LAT View X-Ray

No extensive preparation is required before getting a Left Leg AP and LAT View X-Ray.

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

  • Remove any clothing around the leg 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 Leg AP and LAT View X-Ray

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

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