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X – Ray Left Wrist AP View

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X-ray left wrist AP view is a diagnostic technique performed using X-ray beams to give an image of the internal structure of the wrist.

What is X-ray left wrist AP view?

X-Ray left wrist AP view, provides a clear picture of joint spaces between eight carpal bones and distal joint of bones of forearm [1].

  • X-ray left wrist AP view is a simple and non-invasive test.
  • It is generally conducted in the emergency department.
  • X-ray left wrist AP view is used to diagnose wrist fractures.
  • Helps to detect bone degeneration and tenderness.

Depending upon X-ray penetration during X-ray left wrist AP view, bones appear as white and soft tissues as dark.

How is X-ray left wrist AP view performed?

For X-ray left wrist AP view patient has to sit adjacent to the table such that the arm and wrist are placed flat on the table.

  • The hand is rested with the palm facing upwards.
  • The X-ray film cassette is placed on the underside of the palm.
  • The lead shield is placed over other parts of the hand to minimize radiation exposure.
  • X-ray beams are focused on the affected wrist.

During X-ray left wrist AP view, the patient is asked to keep hand still as movements can blur the image formed.

Risks of X-ray left wrist AP view

Risk due to ionizing radiation is minimum during X-ray left wrist AP view.

  • In the case of fracture, the patient may feel pain.
  • Should be avoided during pregnancy.

Preparation before performing X-ray left wrist AP view

No special preparation is needed before X-ray left wrist AP view.

  • The technician may ask the patient regarding the condition of the wrist and hand.
  • For X-ray left wrist AP view, all accessories worn on the hand must be removed.

Post-care after X-ray left wrist AP view

No special post-care is advised after X-ray left wrist AP view.

Patient must follow the doctor’s instructions after X-ray left wrist AP view.

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