Lower limbs X-ray
When is this exam indicated?
This examination is fundamental before any lengthening surgery. In the post-operative period and in the various monitoring phases, standard X-rays are taken in two projections of the single bone segment involved. This allows us to evaluate the state of bone solidification and that the lengthening is proceeding correctly. Upon removal of the fixator, a final control X-ray is performed.
How is it performed?
Lower extremity teleradiography is performed in orthostasis on a single radiogram. This means that the lower limbs X-ray must be performed in a standing position with the patient's feet closely joined. The image thus obtained must show pelvis and lower limbs in full. In this way it is possible to perform, with appropriate instruments, useful measurements for pre-operative planning (length of skeletal segments, axis, etc.).
There are no absolute contraindications to this examination. Appropriate radiation protection devices are always applied in consideration of the patients' age and the need to perform numerous examinations in the various stages of radiological monitoring.