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Your doctor has requested an X-ray of your lower extremities. This includes X-rays of the toes, feet, ankles, knees, upper legs and hips. These X-rays can help to identify injuries (fractures or sport injuries), joint swelling (arthritis), weakened bones (osteoporosis) or other abnormalities that may be causing pain.
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- Why Choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for an X-ray?
Before Arriving for Your Procedure
Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home and wear comfortable clothing.
Although we do not anticipate any delay in your scheduled appointment, we recommend that you bring a book, magazine or music player to help pass any time you may have to wait.
Right: X-ray of a knee.
During Your Procedure
For this procedure, you will be asked to sit or lie on the exam table.
The technologist will take multiple pictures of the area that is causing pain.
You may be asked to assume various positions so that images can be taken from different angles. The technologist may use sponges or sand bags to help you hold your leg still for each picture.
The procedure takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
After Your Procedure
Your study will be read by an imaging physician who specializes in the interpretation of x-ray scans. The results will be sent to your physician, usually within 48 hours.
Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.
To request copies of your pictures on a PC-compatible CD or a copy of your report, please call 310-423-8000.
Below left: Fracture of the radius bone in the arm. Below right: Fractured radius bone with a cast; seen as a white line going all around the arm.