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Overview

An X-Ray of the ankle is a safe and painless test that uses a small amount of radiation. There are three views: AP, Mortise and Lateral.

What is an X-Ray of the Ankle (Mortise View)?

An ankle X-Ray helps to understand the cause of symptoms such as pain, swelling, and tenderness. A podiatrist would request a mortise view X-Ray in the case of broken bones or a dislocated joint as it visualizes both the lateral and medial joint spaces, and provides a clear view of the tibia and fibula without superimposition on each other. A mortise view X-Ray can also help detect cysts, tumors, fluid built up, and other bone diseases.

How is an X-Ray of the Ankle (Mortise View) performed?

An X-Ray technologist performs the procedure, which takes around 15 – 25 minutes.

  • The patient will be asked to remove all jewelry and accessories before the procedure.
  • The technologist will place the foot on a specialized plate (with x-ray sensors) and turn it 15 – 25 degrees inwards until the lateral malleolus is at the same height as the medial malleolus.
  • The X-Ray machine will project beams from above, and the technologist will click the required images.

Side-effects of an X-Ray of the Ankle (Mortise View)

There is a risk of radiation exposure while taking an X-Ray of the ankle. Sometimes, patients are given a contrast agent before the procedure which can cause allergic reactions.

Preparations before performing an Ankle (Mortise 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 Ankle (Mortise View)

Patients can immediately leave the radiology facility after an X-Ray of the ankle. 

Drink a lot of fluids to flush out the contrast dye.

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