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
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.