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Overview Brief

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

What is X – Ray Left Knee AP View?

X – Ray Left Knee AP View presents an anteroposterior view of the knee. The knee of the patient is held straight and viewed from the front.

Features of X – Ray Left Knee AP View are as follows[3]:

  • It gives a clear view of the knee.
  • It is used to diagnose arthritis in the knee joint precisely between the thigh and the shin bone.
  • It detects whether the outer or inner area of the knee is affected by arthritis.

In X – Ray Left Knee AP View, it is difficult to view the kneecap as it overlaps the thigh bone.

How is X – Ray Left Knee AP View performed?

X – Ray Left Knee AP View is performed by positioning the knee of the patient beneath an X-ray machine.

The knee is positioned as follows [1]:

  • The patient lies down on the table (supine position), and the knee and ankle joint is in contact with the table.
  • 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 View

The X – Ray Left Knee AP View procedure offers minimal risk of causing cancer and other radiation-related side effects. It is found that children may be more susceptible to the effects of radiation than adults.

Preparation before performing X – Ray Left Knee AP View

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

However, some important points to keep in mind[2]:

  • Remove any clothing around the knee to prevent it from blocking the X-ray image.
  • Remove all jewelry and metal objects so that they do not appear on the X-ray.
  • Inform the technician of any metal implants so that it can be taken into consideration while capturing the X-ray.

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

Post-care after X – Ray Left Knee AP View

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

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