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Overview Brief

There are three views to study the sternum: Anterior oblique- tube angled, anterior oblique trunk rotated and the X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View. [1]

What is X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View?

The X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View is a radiographic investigation used to study the entire length of the sternum or the breast bone.

  • Useful to detect any sternal fractures.
  • The most common cause of fractures and dislocations is blunt trauma to the chest.
  • It can also be used to detect any infections or cortical breaches.

Sometimes, X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View is used with other sternal views.

How is the X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View performed?

For an X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View:

  • You will be asked to either sit or stand against a cassette stand[1].
  • The median sagittal plane of the trunk of your body should be parallel to the cassette.
  • Your hands must be clasped at the back and the sternum must be centred to the centre of the cassette.
  • You will be asked to inspire or breathe in fully at the time when the x-ray is shot.

Just before  X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View is performed, you will be asked to pull back your shoulders.

Side effects/risks of X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View

There are no known side effects/ risks involved with X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View except radiation exposure.

Preparation before performing X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View

When you arrive for your X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View: [2]

  • You will be taken to the x-ray room and asked to change into a gown for the upper half of the body.
  • Metal objects must be removed.
  • The procedure for X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View, including when to breathe-in or hold your breath, will be explained.

Post-care after X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View

Since an X-Ray of Sternum Lateral View is a regular x-ray, there are no special post-care measures you need to take.

If you are getting the x-ray done post a traumatic incident, you will be referred back to your physician for further treatment.

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