X-ray Dorsolumbar Spine LAT View provides an image of the dorsal lumbar, which is the lower side of the spine and comprises five vertebrae.
What is X-ray Dorsolumbar Spine LAT View?
An X-ray of the dorsolumbar spine gives a clear side-to-side image of lumbar and helps in the detection of abnormalities, injuries, and diseases pertaining to the lower region of the spine, including
● Birth defects that affect the spine.
● Injury or fracture.
● Low back pain.
● Degenerative changes in the spine.
● Abnormal curvature.
How is X-ray Dorsolumbar Spine LAT View performed?
Dorsolumbar Spine X-rays are performed in the hospital’s radiology department. It involves the following steps:
- The patient is asked to lie down on an examination table, facing upwards.
- A large camera, which is connected to a steel rim, is moved over the waist and hips. A film inside the table captures X-ray images.
- The technician asks the patient to sit or lie down in various positions to capture multiple lateral views.
- The patient is asked to hold their breath to capture clear pictures.
Side effects/risks of X-Ray Dorsolumbar Spine LAT View
An X-ray scan involves the exposure of the body to radiation. The following risks accompany such a scan:
- Too much exposure is harmful to the body.
- Vomiting, bleeding, fainting, loss of hair, etc.
- Radiation increases the risk of cancer.
Preparation before performing X-Ray Dorsolumbar Spine LAT View
An X-Ray of the dorsolumbar spine lateral view does not require much preparation. The following steps need to be followed:
- All metallic accessories need to be removed from the patient’s body.
- The patient may be asked to wear a hospital gown to prevent distortion of images.
- Patients are urged to report pregnancies to the radiologist prior to the test.
Post-care after X-Ray Dorsolumbar Spine LAT View
Once the process is complete, the patient is asked to change into normal clothes.
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