X-ray scanning is performed using invisible electromagnetic energy beams creating images of the bones and surrounding soft tissues.
What is X-Ray TM Joint -Open Mouth?
X-rays of the extremities are needed to evaluate bones for injury. X-rays can detect infection, arthritis, tendinitis, bone spurs, tumors, etc. X-rays can find and destroy cancerous tumors. This test is used to detect the source of jaw pain, headache, and earache due to temporomandibular (TM ) joints .
How is X-Ray TM Joint -Open Mouth?
The patient is required to follow these steps:
- There should not be any movement, due to the sensitivity of the machine.
- The patient should breathe out and hold while X-ray scanning is performed.
Weight-bearing X-rays may provide details on how soft tissues, bones, and joints perform together under load.
Side effects/risks of X-Ray TM Joint -Open Mouth
Some of the X-ray radiation is absorbed by the tissues. X-ray radiation during pregnancy may lead to birth defects .
- The chances of developing cancer in later stages of life increase slightly due to X-ray radiation.
- High levels of radiation lead to developing cataracts and burns on the skin.
- Women are at higher risk than men to develop cancer at later stages, due to the same dose at the same age as of men.
Prolonged use of X-ray scanning radiation is to be consulted with the doctor.
Preparation before performing X-Ray TM Joint -Open Mouth
The doctor should be informed of any pre-existing conditions and any implants that might interfere with the scan. The doctor could be requested if a lead apron or a faster speed film could be used to reduce radiation exposure.
Post-care after X-Ray TM Joint -Open Mouth
No specific steps are necessary after the X-ray testing and you can resume your normal activity .
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