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Overview Brief

An X-Ray of the Skull in LAT and AP View has been used largely to achieve a complete overview of the skull and not a specific region. (1)

What is the X-Ray Skull AP and LAT Views?

Reasons you may undergo X-Ray of Skull AP and LAT Views are (2):

  • Fractures of the skull or facial bones.
  • Occupational hearing loss.
  • Infection in the bones of the skulls.
  • Decalcification of the bone.
  • Deformities in the skull.
  • Recurrent headaches.
  • Tumor

X-Ray Skull LAT View is usually done after a traumatic head injury.

How is the X-Ray Skull AP and LAT Views performed?

An X-Ray Skull AP and LAT Views is performed in a room with a mobile X-ray camera attached to a long metal arm.

Side effects/risks of X-Ray Skull AP and LAT Views

The X-Ray Skull AP and LAT Views is a quick non-invasive test but may have the following side effects: 

  • Cancer risk in rare cases
  • Cellular injury due to radiation.
  • Birth defects in pregnant women.
  • Allergic reaction to the contrast dye. 

In case of severe reactions during the scan or after, patients must notify the operator immediately.

Preparation before performing X-Ray Skull AP and LAT Views

The X-Ray of Skull LAT View is simple and some preparation can help make the test smooth by:

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Remove any jewelry on your body. 

Patients are advised to reach the test centre in advance to prepare better.

Post-care after X-Ray Skull AP and LAT Views

Patients may continue with regular chores after the test is completed. However, depending upon the results the doctor may order follow up scans like CT scan or MRI scan.

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