X – Ray Dorsal Spine AP View

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Overview Brief

The X-ray of the dorsal spine diagnoses the problems of the middle portion of the back.

What is X-Ray Dorsal Spine AP View?

This method uses the X-rays to produce pictures of the vertebrae. It detects the cause of pain in the back, tumours, and disc problems. X-ray is very important to a patient who had an accident. This is essential to examine the internal injuries in the bone. The anteroposterior view includes the structural view of the 12 bones of the vertebral column. By passing the X-ray beam from front to the back of the vertebral column, the radiologist can have the anteroposterior view of the spine.

How is X-Ray Dorsal Spine AP View performed?

X-ray is a painless procedure to perform.

  • Make the patient lie down comfortably on the table.
  • The patient has to remain in a still position to avoid the blurring of images.
  • The table moves into the X-ray scanner.
  • A computer takes images from different angles by changing the position of the patient.

The scanning time is around 15 minutes.

Side Effects/Risks of X-Ray Dorsal Spine AP View

There are certain risks involved are:

  • X-rays may cause cancer due to prolonged exposure.
  • X-rays affect the foetus of a pregnant woman.
  • The contrast dye may be responsible for allergies such as redness and itching in the skin.
  • Contrast may lead to vomiting.

Preparation before Performing X-Ray Dorsal Spine AP View

Preparations before undergoing the X-ray scan are:

  • Remove jewellery, accessories, and any metal pieces from the body.
  • Do not take up the test in case of pregnancy.
  • Inform the doctor of any active medications.
  • Wear a comfortable gown for the scan.

Post-care After X-Ray Dorsal Spine AP View

After the scan, the post care steps are as follows:

  • The patient must follow the instructions given by the radiologist carefully.

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