WHAT IS THE HAND X-RAY?
A hand x-ray examines the hands (one or both). This x-ray detects fractures, tumors, or degenerative hand conditions. A hand x-ray may also assist in assessing the “bone-age” of a child to determine interferences with proper growth, such as metabolic or nutritional disorders.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HAND X-RAY?
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A hospital radiology department or health care provider’s office performs the hand x—ray examinations by an x-ray technician. First, you will place your hands on the x-ray table. It is crucial to keep your hands very still as the machines takes the pictures. You may also be asked to change your hand’s positions for additional images.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR A HAND X-RAY?
To prepare, remove all jewelry and inform your health care provider if you are pregnant or are suspecting pregnancy prior to the scan.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS? ARE THERE ANY AFTER EFFECTS?
Generally there is little or no discomfort with the hand x-ray.
Again, like general x-ray examinations, the hand x-ray expose patients to low radiation, which pregnant women and children are more sensitive to. However, these hand x-rays will be monitored and regulated so that a minimum amount of radiation necessary to generate the image will be exposed to the patients.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE HAND X-RAY SCAN RESULTS?
Abnormal results suggest fractures, bone tumors, degenerative conditions of the bone, and inflammation of the bone by infection (osteomyelitis).