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X-Ray Elbow AP & Lateral

The elbow AP lateral radiograph examines the bones connecting the elbow joint, which shows the joint in its natural anatomical position. The elbow consists of:
  • The humerus (upper arm bone)
  • The radius (forearm bone facing the body)
  • The ulna (forearm bone-facing away from the body)
The elbow joint consists of three components. The distal humerus forms the upper part of the elbow. The radial head is the end of the radius where it meets the elbow. It glides on the distal humerus when you bend your elbow. The olecranon is part of the ulna on the lower end of the humerus, creating a hinge for elbow movement.
AP lateral elbow X-rays are commonly ordered in emergency rooms; they are primarily required to confirm the elbow's fracture or dislocation. Elbow X-rays are also requested when osteoarthritis is suspected in the joint. Elbow X-rays are usually required in cases of trauma, chronic discomfort, or infection of the elbow joint. It helps to visualize fractures and dislocations of the elbow joint, and it is preferred to examine medial and lateral epicondyles of the humerus for avulsion-type fractures.
Your doctor may order an AP lateral elbow X-ray if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Intense pain in the elbow that is unresponsive to treatment
  • A visible structural deformity of the elbow
  • A history of physical trauma at the elbow
  • Bony tenderness at the joint
  • Suspected dislocation
  • Suspected arthritis
  • Non-traumatic elbow pain
  • A possibility of metastases (especially in patients with a history of breast or lung cancer)
  • Persisting pain in elbow joint and impairment in mobility
  • Stiffness and discomfort in the elbow (particularly in an elderly patient)
  • Restriction of rotation and mobility
X-ray is also a commonly used imaging method for diagnosing and ruling out an intrinsic cause for motion loss, such as elbow arthritis and capsulitis. Thus an elbow X-ray may be recommended if you are elderly, already have arthritis and other bone degenerative diseases.
This procedure doesn't require any special preparation. Inform your physician if you have a surgically implanted device (e.g., a pacemaker, cochlear implants, artificial heart valve, or a metal plate). Metal objects in the body can interfere with the X-ray, but your doctor may still choose to continue with the procedure. You will be required to take off your clothing and don a hospital gown before the procedure. You will also have to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures as they can interfere with the X-ray image. It is also critical to tell the doctor if you may be pregnant since fetuses are more susceptible to radiation from X-rays. The doctor or technician will thus use a protective lead apron over your midsection if you are pregnant.
An X-ray of the elbow usually follows the following process:
  • The technician will guide you into the correct position for the AP lateral view ,
  • You will be seated alongside the X-ray table with the arm fully extended and touching the table. You may have to drop your shoulder to the level of the table.
  • The technician will take the X-ray of the elbow and wrist in the same plane.
  • The position may feel uncomfortable if you have suffered an injury; if so, the X-ray technician may find another way to X-ray your elbow.
  • Body parts that are not being X-rayed may be covered with a lead apron (shield) to avoid radiation exposure.
  • It is vital to remain motionless during the procedure. Movement may cause a blurry image, and you may have to get the X-ray done again.
  • The technician may ask you to inhale and hold your breath during the procedure for a better X-ray image.
Once taken, the X-ray technician will give your X-rays to a radiologist who is a medical professional who's specially trained in reading and understanding radiographs. The radiologist will then write out a report which they will share with your primary physician. Your doctor will then discuss the information with you. A treatment plan will begin once the doctor has determined if you have a fractured or dislocated bone, arthritis, or other bone degenerative diseases.
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