A Wrist X-ray is a non-invasive procedure and does not hurt in any way. Children may find positions required for the X-ray uncomfortable but explain to them kindly that the positions need only be held for a little while. Suppose the patient is injured and can't get in the required position. In that case, the technician might take the images in another more accessible position.
Infants may often cry in the X-ray room since it is unfamiliar and especially if they're restrained, but this is manageable. The patient will enter a dark room with a large overhead X-ray machine and an exam table. Parents usually accompany their children into the room for reassurance of the child. Keep in mind the guardian will be asked to cover themselves with a lead apron to limit radiation exposure. The child's reproductive organs will also be shielded. The technician will position the patient's wrist and then step behind a protective window or into an adjacent room to pilot the X-Ray machine.
Usually, two to three views are taken (frontal, at an angle, and from the back), so the technician will reposition the injured wrist often for each X ray. Occasionally the uninjured wrist X-ray is also ordered for comparison. Patients will be asked to stay still for a few moments, maintaining the position while the technician captures the exposure. It is essential to keep the wrist still to prevent blurry images.
After the procedure, the patient and the guardian will have to wait until the images are processed. If some appear blurry, the procedure will have to be repeated. Although the procedure may last for about a quarter of an hour, the actual radiation exposure is usually less than a second.
A standard position for the exam will be from a PA and a lateral view. In the former, the shoulder and elbow are bent at 90°. The wrist lies flat on the X-Ray screen. For a lateral image, the technician will turn the wrist by the thumb upwards. If the patient is injured and experiences discomfort during positioning, care will be taken to prevent further damage.