An X – Ray of the maxilla performed in the anteroposterior (AP) view is a diagnostic test in which electromagnetic radiation beams pass from front-to-back of the upper jaw.
What is an X – Ray of the Maxilla (AP view)?
X – Ray of the Maxilla creates black and white images of the upper jaw, which holds the upper teeth, and is used by dentists or other specialists to examine any damage done to the bones. The AP view concentrates on body parts that are anteriorly located. Calcium, which is present in the bones, absorbs the most radiation and thus appears white. This causes a clear distinction between the bones and teeth of the upper jaw from the fat and other soft tissues, making it easy for doctors to identify fractures, injuries and disorders.
How is an X – Ray of the Maxilla (AP view) performed?
An X – Ray technologist performs the procedure, which takes around 15 minutes.
- 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 (AP view), while he clicks pictures. This can occur with the patient standing and lying down.
- The patient will be asked to remove all jewellery and accessories before the procedure.
- Once the procedure is complete, patient can leave the chamber and resume normal activity.
Side-effects of an X – Ray of the Maxilla (AP 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 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 view)
Patients can immediately leave the radiology facility after an X – Ray of the Maxilla and resume normal activities.
- Drink a lot of fluids to flush out the contrast dye.
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