An X – Ray of the maxilla performed in the anteroposterior (AP) and lateral view are diagnostic tests in which electromagnetic radiation beams pass from front-to-back and side-to-side of the upper jaw respectively.
What is an X – Ray of the Maxilla (AP and Lateral view)?
X – Ray of the maxilla creates black and white images of the upper jaw, and is used by dentists or other specialists to examine any damage done to the teeth, joints or bones. The AP and lateral view X – Rays give specialists a more thorough picture of the injury or disease of the maxilla and aid them in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
How is an X – Ray of the Maxilla (AP and Lateral view) performed?
An X – Ray technologist performs the procedure, which takes around 15 – 25 minutes.
- The patient will be asked to remove all jewellery and accessories before the procedure.
- AP View: The technologist will ask you to pose your jaw in several positions with the machine facing you and the specialized plate (with x – ray sensors) behind your head.
- Lateral View: The technologist will ask you to rotate your head at different angles and flatten one side of your nose (the side which needs imaging) against the specialized plate (with x – ray sensors), while the machine is positioned a few inches away from the other side of your head.
- Once the machine projects beams, the technologist clicks images at varying angles.
Side-effects of an X – Ray of the Maxilla (AP and Lateral view)
There is a risk of radiation exposure while taking an X – Ray of the Maxilla. Sometimes, patients are given a contrast agent before the procedure which can cause allergic reactions.
Preparations before performing an X – Ray of the Maxilla (AP and Lateral view)
Patient has to visit the radiology department to know the scheduled time of X – Ray:
- Speak with your doctor beforehand about: any metal implants, or pregnancy.
- Follow any specific instructions from your doctor.
Post-care after X – Ray of the Maxilla (AP and Lateral view)
Patients can immediately leave the radiology facility after an X – Ray of the Maxilla.
- Drink a lot of fluids to flush out the contrast dye.
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