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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.

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