An elbow X-ray is a safe and painless test that uses a small amount of radiation to make an image of a person's elbow joint. During the examination, an X-ray machine sends a beam of radiation through the elbow, and an image is recorded on special X-ray film. Xrays of the elbows help in identification of fractures or any bony abnormalities at the elbow joint. Based on the doctor's advise different views of the X-Ray are usually taken.
The upper extremity includes the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, forearm, upper arm and shoulder. An upper extremity X-ray is a test that uses radiation to produce detailed images of the bones of the upper extremity. An upper extremity X-ray may be ordered to evaluate for various injuries and conditions, including: fractures (breaks), dislocations (joints that are pulled or pushed out of their normal position), Arthritis, unexplained swelling or pain bone deformities, tumors (abnormal masses of cells), infections, assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer, locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones. In addition, an upper extremity X-ray may be used after treatment to ensure that a fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing.
The most common X-ray views are poster anterior, anteroposterior, and lateral. In a poster anterior (PA) view, the x-ray source is positioned so that the x-ray beam enters through the posterior (back) and exits out of the anterior (front), where the beam is detected. To obtain this view, the patient stands facing a flat surface behind which is an x-ray detector. In anteroposterior (AP) views, the positions of the x-ray source and detector are reversed: the x-ray beam enters through the anterior aspect and exits through the posterior aspect. AP is harder to read than PA x-rays and is therefore generally reserved for situations where it is difficult for the patient to get an ordinary chest x-ray, such as when the patient is bedridden. Lateral views are obtained in a similar fashion as the poster anterior views, except in the lateral view, the patient stands with both arms raised and the side of the chest pressed against a flat surface. The oblique view is projection taken with the central ray at an angle to any of the body planes. It is described by the angle of obliquity and the portion of the body the X-ray beam exits; right or left and posterior or anterior. Right or left as stated above indicates the portion of the body the X-ray beam exits. The axillary view is useful for detecting anterior or posterior dislocations that are not evident in the AP view.
SLAs:For XRay test scheduled before 2 PM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same dayFor XRay test scheduled after 2 PM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next dayFACILITATOR:No specific instructions
SLAs:For XRay test scheduled before 2 PM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same dayFor XRay test scheduled after 2 PM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day
X-ray - LAT RIGHT ELBOW is used to find the causes of common symptoms such as suspected fracture, bony tenderness, swelling, dislocations of the elbow joint or deformity of the elbow. This an also help to detect swelling and infection in the joint. After a broken bone has been set, the image can help determine whether the bone is in proper alignment and whether it has healed properly.
Lateral view is a standard projection and best demonstrates the ulna-trochlear joint, coronoid process, and the olecranon process which are the different parts of elbow joint.