X – Ray Rt Elbow AP

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Overview Brief

Rt Elbow AP X-Ray is used to assess the elbow in case of pain, tenderness, swelling, and deformities.

What is Rt Elbow AP X-Ray?

X-Ray imaging of the elbow is done. Rt Elbow AP X-Ray demonstrates the elbow joint in its natural position. This allows for a proper assessment of the elbow joint, including its various parts.

Rt Elbow AP X-Ray examination of the elbow is frequently requested. It is done primarily to assess fractures.[1]

How is Rt Elbow AP X-Ray performed?

Rt Elbow AP X-Ray is performed by placing the elbow under an X-Ray machine. [2]

The patient is positioned as follows:

  • The patient is seated close to the X-Ray machine.
  • Patient’s arm and forearm are fully extended.
  • The arm and forearm are in contact with the table.
  • Patient’s shoulder joint is levelled with the table.
  • The arm and shoulder joint must be on the same plane as the table.
  • The detector is positioned under the elbow joint.

Rt Elbow AP X-Ray is part of a two-view series of the elbow joint.

The entire procedure takes about 10-15 minutes.

Side effects/risks of Rt Elbow AP X-Ray

Rt Elbow AP X-Ray has minimal risk of causing cancer and other radiation-related side effects. Children may be more susceptible to the effects of radiation.

Preparation before performing Rt Elbow AP X-Ray

No extensive preparation is required before getting a Rt Elbow AP X-Ray.

However, some important points to keep in mind are [2]:

  • Remove any clothing around the elbow to prevent it from obstructing the X-Ray image.
  • Remove all jewellery and metal objects so that they do not appear on the X-Ray.
  • Inform the technician of any metal implants so that it can be taken into consideration while viewing the X-Ray.

It is advisable to reach the test centre in advance to prepare better.

Post-care after Rt Elbow AP X-Ray

Patients may carry on with their daily routines after the X-Ray is done.

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