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Overview Brief

A Left Knee Standing LAT view X-Ray is used to diagnose arthritis in the knee joint. It may also be used to diagnose other trauma to the knee joint and tenderness.

What is Left Knee Standing LAT View X-Ray?

The X-Ray creates a lateral view of the knee. It provides a clear image of the knee cap. [3]

Features of the Left Knee LAT view X-Ray are:

  • It provides a side view of the knee.
  • It is used to diagnose arthritis between the kneecap and the thigh bone. 

The Left Knee LAT View X-Ray also shows a hazy outline of calf and thigh muscles.

How is Left Knee LAT View X-Ray performed?

The Left Knee LAT View X-Ray is performed by placing the knee under an X-Ray machine. The patient is made to stand and has to bear their weight. This is done to get an image of the knee in its natural position [1].

Lateral Knee X-Ray can be done in two ways:

  • A horizontal beam view of the knee can be obtained.
  • A roll over lateral view of the knee can be obtained.

The entire procedure takes about 10-15 minutes.

Side effects/risks of Left Knee Standing LAT View X-Ray

A Left Knee Standing LAT View X-Ray 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 Left Knee Standing LAT View X-Ray

No extensive preparation is required before getting a Left Knee LAT View X-Ray.

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

  • 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 appear on the X-Ray.
  • Inform the technician of any metal implants so that it can be taken into consideration while viewing the X-Ray.

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

Post-care after Left Knee Standing LAT View X-Ray

Patients may carry on with their daily routines after the X-Ray is done.

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