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Location: Bahrain

PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 2:44 pm    Post subject: Forearm positioning for patients with plasters. Help! Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

I'm a student radiographer. I practice in a hospital with digital x-ray machines with digital Image receptors, (NO Cassettes are used)

So there are patients who can't extend their forearms for the AP position, so the radiographers in the hospital make them bend their backs towards the table to achieve the AP position, which seems very uncomfortable to the patients,

There are suggested alternatives such as PA forearm, or AP on the wall bucky with the patients erect.

But almost everyone in the radiology department never do these alternatives, specially they are not mentioned in the books.

So I'm just wondering what do other hospitals do.


Joined: 29 May 2013
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First thing to do is to ask your radiologists what they would like you to do with those circumstances. When unable to attain the most desirable positioning due to injury or casts - the basic rule is going to be shoot 2 images at 90 degrees from each other.

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