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WHY X-RAY IS PERFORMED IN A DIFFERENT PART?

Introduction

You have pain in one part, but the doctor requests for an x-ray of another part.

X-ray performed different part, strange isn’t it?

For example:

  • Scenario A:

You have pain in the arms, but the doctor requests for an X-ray examination of the neck.

  • Scenario B:

You have pain in the leg but the doctor requests for an X-ray examination of the spine.

  • Scenario C:

You have pain in the right hand but the doctor requests for an X-ray examination of the left hand or of both hands.

Why Did This Happen And What Will Be Done?

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This is because some parts of the body relate to other body parts.

  • Scenario A:

Because a problem with the nerves in your neck has caused you to feel pain in the hand. The examination will be continued as requested.

  • Scenario B:

Because a problem in the spinal cord has caused you to feel pain in the thigh and calf. The examination will be continued as requested.

  • Scenario C:

There are two possible reasons which is either for comparison or there has been an error.

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> The possible errors are;

– Error in the request from the doctor. For example, your pain is on the right hand but the request for examination is for the left hand. The radiographer will refer to the requesting doctor. If it is an error (very rare and should not happen) the radiographer will correct it and perform the examination on the correct side. (It is the responsibility of the radiographer to ensure that the correct examination is performed.).

– Error made while performing the X-ray examination (very rare and should not happen). A repeat examination will be performed on the correct side. (It is the responsibility of the radiographer to ensure that no error is made when performing examinations on patients.)

However, if in doubt, please consult your doctor.

 

 

Last Reviewed : 2 June 2016
Translator : Daud bin Ismail
Accreditor : Jasintha S. Sangarapillai