What is an x-ray extremity?
An extremity x-ray is a projection of an image of your hand, arm, wrist, foot, knee, palm or ankle. This X-ray is performed if there are reports of complaints of bone fractures or joint dislocations. This test is also done to check for possible injuries or damage caused by these conditions, such as infections, arthritis, abnormal growth of bones (tumors), or other bone problems, such as osteoporosis.
X-rays or x-rays are a form of radiation, using energy from light or radio waves, which emit light, such as light in a flashlight. X-ray rays can penetrate most objects, including the human body. The way it works is by scanning using a detector that will print a film or be reflected directly to a computer. Thick tissues, such as bone, absorb energy from x-ray rays and look white in the projected image. Other thinner tissues, such as the muscles and organs of the body, will not absorb a lot of x-ray energy and will make it grayish in the projected image. X-rays that emanate through the air, such as passing through the lungs, will appear black.
When do I have to undergo an x-ray extremity?
Your doctor may recommend an extremity x-ray procedure to check the conditions below:
- fractured or broken bones
- bone tumor
- dislocation (joints pushed out of the normal position)
- fluid clots in joints
- abnormal growth in bone
You might also need an X-ray to make sure an injury, such as a broken arm, recovers correctly.
Prevention & amp; warning
What should I know before undergoing an x-ray extremity?
You may need to ask your doctor about the radiation levels that will be used during the procedure and the risks associated with the condition you complain about. It is important to always collect and keep a history of radiation exposure, such as previous X-ray images, so you can discuss it with your doctor. The risks associated with radiation exposure may be related to the cumulative amount of history of X-ray examinations and /or other long-term therapies.
If you are pregnant or are about to become pregnant, you should inform this with your doctor. Radiation exposure during pregnancy may be at risk for fetal defects. If according to the doctor an X-ray examination is needed, special precautions will be taken to minimize the effects of radiation exposure on the fetus.
Possible other risks can occur depending on your health condition when running the test. Be sure to always discuss with your doctor before the procedure.
What should I do before undergoing an x-ray extremity?
Inform your doctor if you are in pregnancy. Remove all the jewelry around the area to be scanned. You don't need to do anything before X-rays.
What is the process of x-ray extremities?
The procedure is done in the radiology department of the hospital or in your doctor's room by a radiology officer. You will be asked to remove clothes and jewelry on the body part to be scanned. Then, you will be asked to position the body part flat on the X-ray table. It is not recommended to move during the procedure. You will also be asked to hold your breath while the image is scanned so that the projection results are not blurry. This procedure is fairly fast and does not hurt.
What should I do after undergoing an x-ray?
Especially for emergency cases, the doctor will immediately be able to know the initial results of X-rays in a few minutes. Generally, the radiologist will give the test results the day after the procedure.
Explanation of Test Results
What do the test results mean?Normal results Normal
Abnormal results Abnormal
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