Left Oblique Chest X-Rays are one of the most commonly used clinical radiological investigations. They are used to confirm the presence & location of opacities on frontal X-Rays in the thorax.
What Is Left Oblique Chest X-Ray?
The Left Oblique Chest X-Ray is performed for a broad array of indications in the thoracic region. Occult pneumothorax can be identified with Oblique Chest X-Ray(OCXR) for suspected patients. This includes rib fracture, flail chest, chest pain, subcutaneous emphysema, abrasion or ecchymosis and moderate to severe hypoxia. Computerized Tomography(CT) is used when such Chest X-Rays aren’t adequate for diagnosis. Oblique Chest X-Rays can also be performed for trauma cases in emergency rooms or ICUs with mobile X-Ray devices.
How Is Left Oblique Chest X-Ray Performed?
The procedure for Left Oblique Chest X-Ray is as follows:
- The patient is made to change into a hospital gown, with radiopaque items like belts, zippers, and ornaments removed.
- The patient is made to stand upright in front of the X-Ray device.
- Patient’s arms are placed on the head or holding onto handles. Long hair should be worn up.
- Left shoulder is placed slightly away from the image receptor.
This form of Chest X-Ray is usually performed in a supine position in emergency rooms with one hand raised up over the head.
Side Effects/Risks Of Left Oblique Chest X-Ray
Risks associated with Oblique Chest X-Rays include:
- Radiation exposure for those regularly undergoing X-Ray procedures.
- Exposure of abdominal area to X-Rays for pregnant women or those likely to be pregnant.
Preparation Before Performing Left Oblique Chest X-Ray
Before undergoing Oblique Chest X-Ray you will need to:
- Undress from the waist up and wear a hospital gown.
- Remove jewelry and ornaments from the waist up.
- Inform the radiologist about ferromagnetic implants like pacemakers in your thoracic region.
Post-Care After Left Oblique Chest X-Ray
Oblique Chest X-Rays are a painless process and you will not feel any sensation as the radiation passes through your body.
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