X-Ray Scapula 2 Views
A scapula x-ray is a medical imaging test that uses a small amount of radiation to produce images of the shoulder blade (scapula) and its surrounding structures.
The two standard views for a scapula x-ray are the anterior-posterior (AP) view and the lateral view.
The AP view is taken with the patient standing or sitting with their back to the x-ray machine, and their arms relaxed at their sides. The x-ray beam is directed from the back towards the front of the body, and the resulting image shows the scapula in a straight-on view.
The lateral view is taken with the patient standing or sitting with their side facing the x-ray machine. The arm closest to the machine is raised and bent at a 90-degree angle, while the other arm is placed across the chest. The x-ray beam is directed from the side towards the scapula, and the resulting image shows the scapula from the side.
These two views are often used together to get a comprehensive picture of the scapula and to diagnose any abnormalities or injuries. The test is generally quick, painless, and involves minimal risks. However, as with any medical imaging test that uses radiation, there is a small amount of radiation exposure associated with the procedure.