X-ray Left Hand AP is an imaging procedure. X-rays are used to detect injuries and fractures in the left hand, fingers, and the wrist.
What is X-ray Left Hand AP?
The X-ray of the left hand is a standard imaging procedure that is used to detect injuries in the left hand and the wrist. In the anterior-posterior (AP) image, the arm is rotated internally, with the dorsal side of the thumb flat on the X-ray plate. The X-ray beam will pass through the hand from palmar to dorsal. X-ray imaging is based on the principle that different parts of the body absorb electromagnetic waves differently and hence help in detecting abnormalities.
How is X-ray Left Hand AP performed?
The procedure of X-ray Left Hand is as follows:
- The patient sits alongside the table.
- The arm is flexed at 90 degrees (if possible) so that the arm and hand can rest on the table.
- For the AP position, the left arm is placed with the palm facing upwards on the image receptor.
- The shoulder, elbow, and wrist are all kept perpendicular to the central beam.
- The hand and the elbow should be at shoulder height.
The whole X-ray of the left hand is a simple procedure.
Side effects/risks of X-ray Left Hand AP
The risks of X-ray Left Hand are as follows:
- Radiation exposure.
- The radiation may be particularly unsafe for unborn babies.
Preparation before performing X-ray Left Hand AP
The preparation measures before X-ray Left Hand AP are as follows:
- The patient should inform the doctor in case of pregnancy.
- The patient should remove all jewelry and metal objects from the body before an X-ray scan.
Post-care after X-ray Left Hand AP
The patient may resume regular activity after X-ray Left Hand AP.
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