X-Ray of the cervical spine in lateral view is the radiology that helps to find out minor injuries on the neck faced by the patients as a result of fall.
What is X-Ray Cervical Spine Lateral View?
Generally, X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View is done to determine minor damages. Computed tomography (CT) is the more commonly used method of radiology to scan the neck for injuries. But X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View provides a deeper depth to the scan for the minor fractures. This is usually performed in the setting of trauma. It is a lateral projection of the cervical spine. With the advancement of technology, X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View has been replaced in all but some hospitals.
How is X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View performed?
X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View for the patient involves:
- Sitting erect or supine, depending on the trauma.
- The detector is placed in a portrait position.
- The detector should run parallel to the long axis of the cervical spine on the left side of the patient.
X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View does not require more than 15 minutes.
Side effects/risks of X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View
There are very limited risks or side effects involved in X-Ray of Cervical Spine LAT View as there is minimal exposure to radiation rays.
Preparation before performing X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View
Before going in for X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View, you must ensure the following:
- You should not be wearing anything made of metal like jewelry.
- You should not have anything made of metal in your body like stents, hearing aids, implantations, etc.
Post-care after X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View
There are no set guidelines to be observed after X-Ray Cervical Spine LAT View. The patient is free to leave once the imaging is over.
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