X-ray clavicle is an imaging procedure. The X-ray is used to detect injuries and fractures in the clavicle region.
What is X-Ray Clavicle Both AP?
The X-ray of the clavicle is a standard imaging procedure used to detect injuries in the clavicle region.
The clavicle is the bone that lies between the breastbone and the shoulder blades. The AP (Anterior-Posterior) X-ray of the clavicle includes an AP shoulder projection and an AP clavicle projection with cephalic angulation1. The AP shoulder projections in the X-ray demonstrate the shoulder in its natural anatomical position allowing for adequate radiographic examination of the entire clavicle2. The X-ray imaging is based on the principle that different parts of the body absorb the electromagnetic waves differently and hence help us detect abnormalities.
The next section discusses the x-ray procedure.
How is X-Ray Clavicle Both AP performed?
Following are the steps of an X-ray of the clavicle3:
- The patient is told to be erect.
- The affected arm will be in a neutral position by the patient side.
- During the x-ray, you will be asked to remain really still because movement can cause blurry images.
- After this, the machine will capture images of the clavicle.
The X-ray procedure is a painless one.
Side effects/risks of X-Ray Clavicle Both AP
Following are the risks of X-ray clavicle:
- Radiation exposure.
- The risk to pregnant women, as the radiation may be unsafe for the unborn baby.
Preparation before performing X-Ray Clavicle Both AP
Following are the preparation measures before X-ray clavicle3:
- The doctor must be informed if you are pregnant if there’s a chance you could be.
- Inform the doctor about any intrauterine device (IUD).
- Remove all metal objects, like jewellery or piercings before an x-ray.
Post-care after X-Ray Clavicle Both AP
One may resume normal activities after the X-ray of the clavicle.
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