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X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views is a diagnostic test that uses X-ray beams to provide an image of the internal structure of the wrist.

What is X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views?

X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views, offers view of joint spaces between eight carpal bones and alignment of forearm bones [1].

  • It is a non-invasive test.
  • X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views is usually done in the emergency department.
  • Mainly used to diagnose wrist fractures.
  • Helps in detection of bone degeneration or tenderness.

X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views film shows bones as white and soft tissues appear darker.

How is X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views performed?

For X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views patient sits adjacent to the table such that the arm and wrist are placed flat on the table.

  • For AP view, the hand is rested on X-ray film with the palm facing upwards.
  • For lateral view, the palm is placed sideways with thumb upwards.
  • Lead shield covers other parts of the hand to minimize radiation exposure.
  • X-ray beams are focused on the wrist.

During X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views, the hand must be still as movements blur the image.

Risks of X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views

Although minimum, risk due to radiation exposure is unavoidable during X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views.

  • If the wrist is fractured, the patient may experience pain during the procedure.
  • Must be avoided in pregnancy.

Preparation before performing X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views

No specific preparation is required for X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views.

  • The radiologist may ask about the present condition of the wrist and hand.
  • Patient must remove any jewelry worn on left hand for X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views.

Post-care after X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views

No special post-care is advised after X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views.

Patient must follow the doctor’s advice after X-ray left wrist AP and LAT views.

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