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Overview Brief

X-ray is a scanning procedure that studies the thoracic section of the spinal cord.

What is X-ray Dorsal Spine LAT View?

X-rays develop an image of the body part concerned, on a film. This method shows the lateral view of the 12 bones of the thoracic section. The lateral view of the spine shows that area which is not covered by the anteroposterior view. The lateral view has better clarity than the anteroposterior view and is widely in use. It detects injuries in bone, cancer, and fractures. The doctor recommends it when a patient meets with an accident.

How is X-Ray Dorsal Spine LAT View Performed?

The X-ray is a non- invasive technique of analysis.

  • Make the patient comfortably lie on a table.
  • A lead covering covers the other parts of the body.
  • The patient remains in a still position in order to obtain a clear picture.
  • In some cases, the patients consume a contrast dye, which enhances the image quality.
  • These pictures are essential to know the exact problem in the dorsal spine.

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

There are certain side effects and risks involved with this method.

  • Prolonged use of the X-rays may cause cancer.
  • The X- rays may adversely affect the developing foetus inside the womb.
  • The contrast may lead to allergies like redness and itching in the skin.
  • In some cases, contrast may also cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

Preparation Before Performing X-Ray Dorsal Spine LAT View

Prior to the test, the patient must follow the following notions:

  • Do not undergo a test in case of pregnancy.
  • Inform the doctor of any metal implants in the body.
  • Take off all jewellery and accessories from the body.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes.

Post-care After X-Ray Dorsal Spine LAT View

The post- care treatment include:

  • Follow the instructions given by the radiologist carefully.
  • Follow the day-to-day activities normally.

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