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X – Ray Maxilla LAT View

Overview

An X-Ray of the maxilla performed in the lateral view is a diagnostic test in which electromagnetic radiation beams pass from the sides of the upper jaw.

What is an X-Ray of the Maxilla (Lateral view)?

X-Ray of the Maxilla creates black and white images of the upper jaw and is used by dentists or other specialists to examine any damage done to the joints and bones. Doctors order a lateral view X-Ray to obtain images of one side of the jaw, usually at the site of injury. There is a clear distinction between the bones and teeth of the upper jaw from the fat and other soft tissues, making it easy for doctors to identify fractures, injuries, and disorders.

How is an X-Ray of the Maxilla (Lateral view) performed?

An X-Ray technologist performs the procedure, which takes around 15 minutes.

  • The patient will be asked to remove all jewelry and accessories before the procedure.
  • The technologist will ask you to rotate your head at different angles and flatten one side of your nose (the team which needs imaging) against the specialized plate (with x-ray sensors), while the x-ray machine is positioned a few inches away from the other side of your head.
  • Once the machine projects beams, the technologist clicks images at varying angles.

Side-effects of an X-Ray of the Maxilla (Lateral view)

There is a risk of radiation exposure while taking an X-Ray of the Maxilla. Sometimes, patients are given a contrast agent before the procedure which can cause allergic reactions.

Preparations before performing an X-Ray of the Maxilla (Lateral view)

Patient has to visit the radiology department to know the scheduled time of X-Ray:

  • Speak with your doctor beforehand about any metal implants, or pregnancy.
  • Follow any specific instructions from your doctor.

Post-care after X-Ray of the Maxilla (Lateral view)

Patients can immediately leave the radiology facility after an X-Ray of the Maxilla and resume normal activities.

Drink a lot of fluids to flush out the contrast dye.

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