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X-Ray Tibia Fibula 2 Views

This imaging test is ordered by the doctor to identify any issues with the bones located in the lower leg. X-ray aids in spotting abnormalities, injuries and diseases of the bone.

Before sending the patient for the X-ray, the doctor needs details of the patient's medical history. He or she also requires information about when the pain started, for how long it was prevalent and any other symptoms that may occur which have impacted the lifestyle of the patient. X-ray imaging is used with any identifiable clinical symptoms to diagnose the disease and chart treatment plans for the future. Furthermore, a physical exam may be taken. The doctor might examine the gait of the patient as part of the physical exam. The physical exam is also used to identify issues like swelling, stiffness or pain points in the area concerned.
Pain occurs due to a range of reasons such as injuries like a fracture, a break, infection or any other condition. It may also be ordered if the patient's bones have been reset after being broken to see if the bones are in perfect alignment or not. X-rays are quick and painless procedures. They help the doctor in identifying abnormalities in the tibia and fibula. The imaging helps the doctors in drawing up appropriate treatment plans. They may also suggest lifestyle changes and set you on the path to recovery, relieving you from constant muscle pain. However, it must also be taken into account that the X-ray is not the only way to help identify why the patient has pain in their legs. The doctors may also order other tests, like a bone scan or an ultrasound, to help the diagnosis. The various imaging tests work together to reach a conclusive diagnosis.
After you have prepared appropriately, the X-ray technician at the lab helps the patient settle in and directs them according to the requirements of the X-ray. This is a two-view X-ray; two images will be taken in different positions. The first position is the AP view which shows the leg in its natural anatomical position, and the second is the lateral view, which shows the leg from the side and includes the knee and ankle joint. In case of trauma, the positions are modified. Here, the projection is at a 90-degree angle to the AP view. The technician directs the patient to lay down and captures the lower limb from the side, including the knee and ankle joint. In general, the patient is required to hold their breath and remain still while the image is being taken in order to ensure it's not blurry; otherwise, the procedure may have to be repeated. While the process is relatively short, it may take a longer time for the X-ray to come out if the patient has been injected with a dye to make the imaging come out clearer and detailed.
X-rays are standard procedures and do not require the patient to prepare beforehand. However, there are some things that must be kept in mind before going in for the imaging:
  • No jewelry, glasses, and metallic objects should be worn, as they make the X-rays harder to read.
  • Consult your physician if you are pregnant, or there is a possibility of pregnancy; X-rays are usually avoided during this period.
  • Inform your doctor beforehand if you wear any on-body devices such as an insulin pump or any metal implants in your body
The doctor may order the X-ray if the patient has any of the following signs, indications or symptoms:
  • Trauma
  • Obvious deformity following major midshaft impaction
  • Suspected foreign body
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Tenderness
  • swelling
Typically, the X-ray results are available on the same day. They are reviewed by the doctor and radiologist, allowing them to determine how they should proceed. In accordance with the results, the doctor may also order additional imaging scans.
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