X-ray of hand in lateral view is an orthogonal view taken along with AP (anteroposterior) i.e. the beam passes from front-to-back through the hand. The method is primarily used to asses for foreign bodies or displacement of bones. The test is used to either confirm or exclude the probability of fractures or dislocation.
Why get tested?
The test checks the condition of hand in orthogonal view where the x-ray beam is passed from the front to back from the area to be tested.
The image obtained after the x-ray enables the medical practitioner to conclude the underlying condition or cause of discomfort.
The AP & LAT view of the hand x-ray indicate a variety of conditions:
Suspected metacarpal dislocation
Trauma with a suspected fracture
Foreign body detection and localization
Detection of deformity or joint pain
This test includes
X-Ray HAND AP & LAT VIEW
There is no specific preparation required before the test. The maximum point that an individual needs to take care is that there should be no metal objects including jewelry piece, as it may interfere with the test.
Also, the test involves scanning of wrists and palm, hence, the individual undergoing the test should wear a half sleeve or loose cloth which does not interfere with the test.