After an initial check-up, your physician may ask you to get a facial bone or sinus X-ray if they suspect that you may have:
Fractures or cracks of the facial bones and nose
A condition of the nose's sinuses called sinusitis
Abnormal growths in the face, such as polyps or tumors
Metal objects around your eyes (usually before a magnetic resonance imaging (
You may also have to get a facial bones x-ray so that your doctor can determine the cause of the pain in your face after an accident. They may also use it to check the sinuses before you undergo surgery and check the bones around the way, along with an eye socket x-ray.
There are two different types of facial bones X-rays, one of which is the Occipitomental (OM) facial bones x-ray. It is an angled posterior-anterior radiograph of the face, where the patient looks upwards. The second type is a lateral view, a non-angled lateral x-ray showcasing the facial bones.
Another type of facial X-ray is called a
X-ray series which examines the sinuses (air-filled cavities) around the nose and eyes.
These are useful in assessing fractures in the facial bones, sinusitis and inflammation in the skull. It is also a necessary x-ray for locating foreign objects lodged in the facial bones after trauma to the head.