Hand x-ray

What is Hand X-Ray?

Hand X-ray is a common medical imaging technique used to produce pictures of the hands and wrists to diagnose and monitor a variety of medical conditions. X-rays are beams of radiation passed through the bones to create an image on a special kind of film or digital recording device. Bone will appear white on the x-ray image, while soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments will appear black.

Preparation for Hand X-Ray

Before a hand X-ray is done, a technician will ask the patient if they have any metal in their body such as a joint replacement, cardiac pacemaker, or dental fillings. The patient should also remove any jewelry, watches, cash, or other metal objects. In some cases, the patient may be asked to put on a lead apron to protect him/her from radiation exposure.

Procedure for Hand X-Ray

The patient will be asked to sit or stand in front of the X-ray machine. The technician will usually ask the patient to place their hands on a series of cushioned rests, which position the hands in a specific way that will allow the technician to take the best possible picture. During the procedure, the technician will make sure that the patient is comfortable and that the hands are properly aligned.

Types of Hand X-Ray

There are two main types of hand X-ray: single view and multi-view. Single view x-rays are used for quick imaging to check for bone fractures, infections, and other conditions. Multi-view x-rays are used to look at multiple views of the hands and wrists to diagnose joint problems and other diseases. The type of x-ray used and the number of images taken will depend on the patient’s condition and the doctor’s order.

Risks of Hand X-Ray

Hand X-ray is a safe and noninvasive procedure, however, it does involve exposure to low levels of radiation, which can cause hereditary changes, such as genetic mutations, in some patients. The amount of radiation used is very low, and it is generally considered safe for most people. Patients should discuss any concerns with their doctor before undergoing the procedure.

Why Hand X-Ray is Done?

Hand X-ray is used to diagnose conditions such as fractures, arthritis, and other diseases of the bones. It is also used to monitor growth and development, detect congenital bone and joint diseases, and evaluate the effects of treatments such as physical therapy and surgery.

When Hand X-Ray is Needed?

A hand X-ray may be ordered by a doctor if the patient is experiencing persistent pain, swelling, or stiffness in a joint. It may also be ordered to assess joint damage caused by an injury, to diagnose congenital bone and joint diseases, or to check for any changes in the hands and wrists that may occur with age.