X-ray Wrist is an imaging test performed to obtain a pictorial representation of the wrist which includes the carpal bones, Ulna, Distal radius, Carpometacarpal joint, and the radiocarpal joint. The image is recorded on a black film by using a small amount of radiation. An X-ray wrist helps the doctor to diagnose various ailments associated with the complex bones and tissues present in the wrist.
An X-Ray Wrist test has a standard procedure depending on the type of image required by the doctor or the radiologist to make a diagnosis.
The radiologist will position the x-ray machine and the patient’s body as per the requirement.
As movement may cause blurry images, the patient is advised to remain still during the x-ray test.
The doctor may administer a contrast dye into the patient’s wrist to access various muscles and nerves through the X-ray. The dye may be given in different ways, including:
As an enema before the test
Injected into the body
Via a liquid that the patient can swallow
The image will be captured by the x-ray machine.
Why get tested?
A doctor may ask the patient to undergo an x-ray wrist test
To diagnose a fractured bone in the wrist
To diagnose deformities or abnormal growth of the bones present in the wrist
To monitor the healing of the broken bone or muscle in the wrist
In some cases, an X-ray wrist may be prescribed along with a series of other tests to diagnose a condition.
If the patient is pregnant, they are advised to inform the doctor so that required precautions can be taken to lower the exposure of the radiation to the fetus.
It is suggested to remove the jewellery and other metal objects before an x-ray as they may obstruct the image to be obtained.
The radiologist may ask the patient to wear a hospital gown depending on the area to be visualized.
Frequently asked questions
Q.What are the various risks associated with an x-ray?
X-ray is performed using ionizing radiation which may cause damage to the cells in the body. This may not cause serious damage as only a small amount of radiation is used to perform an X-ray, although high doses may cause the cells to become cancerous.
The dye used during the x-ray may cause an allergic reaction in some cases.
Q.Who interprets the results of an X-ray?
A radiologist interprets the results of an X-ray. A radiologist analyses and reads the X-ray image and prepares a final report.