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X – Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View

The lower part of the trunk of the human body is known as the pelvis. It comprises of bony pelvis, the pelvic cavity, the pelvic floor, and the perineum. X-ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View examines these structures.1

What is X-Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View?

X-Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View are two different views. The AP is anteroposterior view, that is, from front to back. The lateral view is taken from the side. X-ray pelvis AP and the two Lateral Views are taken mostly in emergency departments for evaluating multi-trauma patients. 2

How is X-Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View Performed?

X- Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View are performed in the following way:

  • The patient is asked to lie down.
  • One or two images are taken of the pelvis.
  • The anteroposterior view is done with the legs kept straight. It is taken from the front.
  • The lateral view is taken with the legs bent.

Side Effects/ Risks Associated with X-Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View

The risks of X – Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View can include:

  • X-rays can be harmful for pregnant women.
  • The X-ray technician should use protective shielding for women and children.
  • A broken pelvis can cause additional pain during the X-ray procedure.
  • If a dye is used, it can cause side effects like hives, itching,nausea, and dizziness.
  • In rare cases, the dye can cause anaphylactic shock, low blood pressure, or even cardiac arrest.2

Preparation before Performing X – Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View

There are no special dietary preparations necessary before going for X-Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View. However, the patient should:

  • Wear loose, comfortable

clothing or change into a hospital gown before the X-ray.

  • Remove any jewelry or metallic items.
  • Notify the technician if there is any metallic implant in the body from previous surgeries.3

Care after X – Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View

No particular care is necessary after undergoing X – Ray Pelvis AP and Lateral View.

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