X-ray of Ankle is a non-invasive diagnostic test which is done in order to visualize the bones and soft tissues of the ankle. The ankle comprises of three bones namely, tibia, fibula, and talus. It also consists of two joints – ankle joint, and syndesmosis joint.
This diagnostic is done by passing certain radiations through the ankle and its bone and tissues. The images of the text are in black and white. The denser parts appear white, while the softer body parts appear black.
This diagnostic can be done by getting different views of the ankle namely, AP i.e. Anteroposterior and LAT i.e. lateral view.
Why get tested?
The test is done in order to help the doctors in making the following diagnoses:
Broken/fractured bones of the ankle joint, and to monitor the healing of the bone after the setting of the bone.
Diagnosing in case a doctor feels any suspicion of infection, deformities, abnormal growth of bones, arthritis, or osteoporosis.
The x-ray does not require any specific preparations. However, mentioned below are some that points must be kept in mind prior to undergoing the X-Ray right ankle AP & Lateral View:
The patient might be given a hospital gown to wear at the time of the scan.
The patient will be advised to remove all the jewelry and other metal objects that may interfere with the image.
Pregnant women should inform their doctor and the lab technician about their condition so that they can take appropriate measures to minimize the exposure of x-rays to the fetus.