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X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View

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Overview Brief

X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View is used to diagnose arthritis in the knee joint, a common condition among the aged population.[1]

What is X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View?

In X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View, it is not possible to clearly observe the kneecap as it overlaps the thigh bone. The X-ray creates an anteroposterior view of the knee that is viewed in its natural standing position while bearing the body weight.

Features of the X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View are as follows:

  • The clearest image of the knee is obtained.
  • It is used to diagnose arthritis in the knee joint precisely between the thigh and the shin bone.
  • It detects whether the arthritis has affected the outer or inner areas of the knee.

How is X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View performed?

The X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View is performed by positioning the knee of the patient under an X-ray machine.[2]

The knee is positioned as follows:

  • The patient is positioned upright against the detector and the knee and ankle joint are in contact with the detector.
  • The leg of the patient is extended.
  • It is ensured that the knee is not rotated.

The entire procedure takes about 10-15 minutes.

Side effects/risks of X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View

A X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View has minimal risk of causing cancer and other radiation related side effects. Children may be more susceptible to the effects of radiation.

Preparation before performing X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View

No extensive preparation is required before getting a X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View.  

However, some important points to keep in mind[3]:

  • Remove any clothing around the knee to prevent it from obstructing the X-ray image.
  • Remove all jewellery and metal objects so that they do not interfere with the X-ray.
  • Inform the technician of any metal implants so that precautions can be taken while before capturing the X-ray.

It is advisable to reach the test centre in advance to prepare better.

Post-care after X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View

Patients may carry on with their daily routines after the X – Ray Left Knee AP Standing View procedure is done.

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