What Is Foot X-ray Examination?
- Examination done by a radiographer on bones of the foot.
- It’s not painful.
- The foot X-ray examination includes toes, heels and soft tissues of the foot.
How And Where Can I Get This Examination?
- When you visit your doctor, he/she will decide if you require the examination.
- If required, the doctor will make a request for the examination using the Radiology Examination Request Form.
- This examination is available in MoH hospitals and health clinics with diagnostic imaging service.
When Is Foot X-ray Required?
- Foot X-ray examination helps to find the causes and signs of pain, swelling, sprain, or abnormalities of the foot. It can also detect fracture of bones and dislocation of the joints.
- In a foot surgery, foot X-ray will be taken before the surgery for planning the surgery and also after surgery for checking.
Before Foot X-ray Examination
- You are advised not to bring or wear any valuables.
- Children can be accompanied by an adult family member.
- Make sure you are not pregnant or suspected to be pregnant. Please inform the radiographer if you are pregnant or suspected to be pregnant.
- You will be briefed before about the procedure.
- You may need to change into hospital attire.
During Foot X-ray Examination
- Two basic projections normally done are:
– Anteroposterior (AP) – to visualize the foot joints and the front part
– Oblique – to visualize the whole structure of the foot from a different angle
- Usually the examination is done by lying down, sitting or standing.
- Radiation protection device will be provided during examination.
- This examination takes approximately 10 minutes only.
- Additional projections will be done if required.
Picture 1 : Example of how a foot X-ray is done.
After The Examination
- You will be allowed to leave after the examination.
Picture 2: Example of a normal X-ray of the foot image.
- All images produced will be reviewed by radiologist and report will be prepared.
- Examination result will be sent to the doctor seeing you.
|Last Review||:||1 August 2017|
|Accreditor||:||Daud bin Ismail|