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Overview Brief

Spinal radiographs like X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette) and oblique views are helpful to detect any chronic pain in the back.

What is X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette)?

An X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette) is useful to detect abnormalities in the spine.

  • It is useful to detect trauma and other injuries.
  • It is often used along with other spinal views.
  • To achieve a true lateral projection, a caudal or cephalic tube angulation may be used.

X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette) is very useful to determine any abnormal curvature along the spine.

How is the X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette) performed?

  • You will be asked to supine, erect or in a decubitus position based on your clinical condition.
  • In case you are injured, you will be asked to lie supine without movement.
  • In all positions, the humeri are extended 90º to the thorax, elbows flexed so that the forearms are parallel to the thorax[1].

The X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette) enables you to visualize all the 12 thoracic vertebrae.

Side effects/risks of X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette)

Like other x-rays, X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette) involves risk of some amount of radiation.

Preparation before performing X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette)

For an x-ray of spine lat view(long cassette) you will be:

  • Asked to remove jewelry.
  • Change into a hospital gown.
  • Inform your doctor about any implants or metal fillings.

Post-care after X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette)

There are no post-care measures after an X-ray of spine lat view(long cassette), just like any other x-ray.

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