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Alternative namesAn X-ray of a joint.
How the test is performedThe test is performed in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider's office by an X-ray technician. You will be asked to position the joint to be X-rayed on the table. The pictures are then taken, repositioning the joint for different views.
How to prepare for the testInform the health care provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry.
For infants and children:
The preparation you can provide for this test depends on your child's age and previous experiences. For specific information regarding how you can prepare your child, see the following topics:
How the test will feelThere is no discomfort, except possibly from positioning the area being X-rayed.
Why the test is performedJoint X-ray is used to detect fractures , tumors, or degenerative conditions of the joint.
What abnormal results meanAbnormal results include arthritis , fractures, bone tumors , degenerative bone conditions, and osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone caused by an infection).
Additional conditions under which the test may be performed:
What the risks areThere is low radiation exposure. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is low compared with the benefits. Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of the X-ray.
Update Date: 10/17/2003Jeffrey Brown, M.D., Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT