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Overview

An X-ray Spine AP View (Long Cassette) has been used broadly to examine spine-related problems.

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

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

The X-ray Spine AP View (Long Cassette) is used to diagnose

  • Spinal injuries, dysfunctional joints, or degenerated discs.
  • Healing problems after back surgery.
  • Birth defects in the spines of children.

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

The X-ray Spine AP View (Long Cassette) is performed using the X-Ray machine Long Cassette. The patient must lie on an X-ray table facing upwards. The lab technician can guide the patient to adopt the right position. The complete scan takes around 15-20 minutes.

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

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

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

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

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

The X-ray Spine AP LAT (Long Cassette) scan is simple and some preparation can enhance the patient’s comfort including

  • Wearing comfortable clothes.
  • Removing jewelry on the body.
  • Remaining still throughout the duration of the scan. 

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

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

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

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