What do Mandible Left, LAT and Oblique mean?
Mandible is the lower jawbone and consists of two halves – left mandible and right mandible.1 An oblique X-ray is performed so that each mandible can be scanned individually.2 LAT means lateral view.
What is an Oblique LAT X-ray of the Left Mandible??5
Mandible is one of the most commonly fractured facial bones. These fractures or dislocations can be caused by assault, blunt trauma or automobile accidents. An X-ray is required to determine the extent of injuries (isolated injury or multi-injury) caused and prescribe the required treatment.
The following symptoms require mandibular X-ray:
- Facial swelling.
- Pain or discomfort around the jaw.
- Difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
- Bruises on the jaw.
- Stiffness or numbness in the jaw.
- Teeth not lining up.
In case these symptoms show, a doctor must be immediately consulted. This X- ray is also performed in case of any inflammation or neoplasms (abnormal growth of cells leading to tumour).
How is an Oblique LAT X-ray of the Left Mandible performed?245
Mandibular X – ray is performed by a lab technician and requires the following:
- You will be asked to remove any clothes, jewellery, or other objects on your face which might interfere with the scanning procedure.
- You will be asked to stand or sit with the required side of the head facing the X-ray plate.
- Multiple pictures at different positions and angles are taken – 300, 450, 100, 250 and150.
- Relatives of the patient might be asked to wait outside the room for safety reasons. A staff member/ lab technician would be present to assist and monitor the patient all the time.
- The procedure might cause some pain and discomfort.
After the pictures are available in a few hours, the doctor analyses them to confirm if you have fractured jaw. The treatment procedure is then determined which includes prescribing medication or additionally performing a surgery to fix the dislocated jaw.
Side effects/risks of Oblique LAT X-ray of the Left Mandible6
Mandibular X-rays are safe. They expose to you a very low level of radiation and do not cause any serious health problems.
Preparation before performing Oblique LAT X-ray of the Left Mandible5
There is no special preparation required before an X-ray. You can go to a radiologist and get it done right away. But the doctor will ask you about your medical history since it might have an effect on the X-ray for e.g. if you are pregnant, are undergoing any other medical treatment, have a diet restriction, had any past medical illness or surgery etc.
Post-care after Oblique LAT X-ray of the Left Mandible6
There are no side effects of regular X-rays. You should be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately.
mfine is a healthcare platform that provides online doctor consultations through instant chat or video consultations for non-emergency medical conditions.
Download the mfine app and consult Radiologists online.