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Overview

An X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette) is extensively used to investigate spine-related problems.

What is X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette)?

X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette) of the lumbar spine is used to create cross-sectional images of the lower back (lumbar spine), internal organs, bones, and tissues of the spinal cord.

It is used to diagnose

  • Spinal injuries.
  • Healing problems after back surgery.
  • Defects of the spine in children since they are born.

How is the X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette) performed?

The X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette) is performed using the X-ray machine Long Cassette. The patient must lie on the X-ray table with their face up. The lab technician may ask the patient to shift position or posture. The complete scan takes around 15-20 minutes.

Side effects/risks of X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette)

The X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette) is a quick non-invasive test but may have the following side effects:

  • Cellular injury due to radiation.
  • Allergic reaction to the contrast dye.
  • Mild cancer risk.

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

Preparation before performing X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette)

The X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette) is a simple scan and some preparation can improve patient experience and scan success such as

  • Wearing comfortable clothes.
  • Removing any jewelry on the body.
  • Remaining still during the scan.

Post-care after X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette)

Patients may resume regular chores after the test is completed. While the X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette) is accurate, smaller disc injuries require further detailed analysis, in which case an MRI is a better option.

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