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Overview Brief

An X-Ray of the Skull in AP View has been used extensively to inspect the bones of the skull as a whole. (1)

What is the X-Ray Skull AP View?

Reasons you may undergo an X-Ray Skull AP View are (2):

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

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

How is the X-Ray Skull AP View performed?

An X-Ray Skull AP View 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 View

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

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

In case of extreme reactions during the scan, patients should inform the operator immediately.

Preparation before performing X-Ray Skull AP View

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

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Remove any jewelry on your body.
  • Pregnant women must have a talk with the doctor prior.
  • Remain still during the X-Ray.

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

Post-care after X-Ray Skull AP View

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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