An X-ray is a common procedure of scanning the inside of a body for detecting abnormalities. The x-ray scan of the femur bone involves passing a low amount of radiation through a person’s upper leg so as to project the internal images. This process creates images of the bones, tissues, and cells of the upper leg area known as the femur. The lateral view procedure scans the femur zone from the side angle. It is performed in order to find the cause of swelling, pain or any other abnormality in the leg. It is a painless process.
For an X-ray test, you have to wear loose clothes. You may be asked to change into a gown at the hospital. You have to avoid wearing any jewellery or any kind of metal objects or fasteners. The doctor may ask you to fast the day before the test depending on your medical condition. The doctor will provide you with a pill to swallow before the test. Special precautions are required for pregnant women and there is a need to consult the doctor regarding the same.
A femur x-ray test is used for the following reasons: Detecting femoral fractures and minor bone damages Studying tumours, lesions, cysts, or tissue damages in the femur Evaluation of knee joint abnormalities Assessment of the treatment or operations conducted in the femur area
The process for the femur X-ray test involves you lying on the examination table without any movement. The doctor injects a dye into your femur so as to clearly trace the veins and tissues in the area. It is usually a 15-minute procedure. The doctor will tilt your leg at a 45-degree angle to conduct the lateral view test. The camera is adjusted according to the affected leg area to scan the images.