The femur or thigh bone is the strongest and single largest bone of the human body; any bone injuries to the upper leg are examined using Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X – Rays.
What Are Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X – Rays?
Bone injuries and deformities of the upper leg are examined using Right Femur Thigh Anteroposterior (AP) and Lateral (LAT) View X – Rays.
These X-rays give a complete picture of the entire femur and other connective tissues associated with it between the hip and knee. Causes for pain, limp, swelling, tenderness and deformities in the thigh region can be ascertained through these X-rays. The X-ray procedure can help detect a broken femur and its alignment after it has been set. In addition, cysts, tumors, or other diseases in the femur, including later stages of bone infections can be detected using these X-rays.
If surgery of the upper leg is required, Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X – Rays may be taken to plan for the operation and assess the results of the procedure.
How Are Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X-Rays Performed?
X-Ray Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View is performed using a large overhead X-ray device suspended from the ceiling as follows:
- The patient is made to lie down on the examination table below the X-ray device.
- Patient’s thigh is placed on a digital flat detector in a diagonal position.
- The X-ray beam tube is tilted by 15 degrees to directly aim the center of the guide beam toward the center of the digital detector and the midpoint of the patient’s thigh.
- A supporting sponge block is placed below to hold the patient’s leg in the right position.
- Holding the leg still for a couple of seconds is necessary to avoid a blurry image.
At times, in emergency departments, ICUs, and operating rooms, portable X-rays are used to capture thigh X-rays, and the patient is positioned upright.
Side Effects/Risks of Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X – Rays
Although exposure to X-Ray radiation is less than a second for X – Ray Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View, certain precautions should be taken:
- Protect reproductive organs and other parts of the body by using a lead shield.
- Pregnant women or those likely to be pregnant should inform the radiologist beforehand.
Preparation Before Performing Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X – Ray
No special preparation is required for undergoing a Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X – Ray test. Before the procedure, the patient needs to
- remove any clothing, jewelry, or any metal objects that may interfere with the X-ray, and
- inform the radiologist if he or she is unable to keep the leg still due to injury.
Post-Care After Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X – Ray
Right Femur Thigh AP and LAT View X – Ray is a painless and noninvasive procedure. Post the procedure, patients can resume their daily routine tasks immediately.
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