Your doctor has recommended you for an X-ray of your upper extremities. Upper extremity X-rays may be of the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, forearms, upper arms or shoulders. These X-rays can help to find injuries (fractures and sports injuries), joint swelling (arthritis), weakened bones (osteoporosis) or other abnormalities that may be causing pain.
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 the time if you have to wait.
During Your Procedure
Depending on the site of the pain, you may be asked to stand, lie on the exam table or sit in a chair.
The technologist will take multiple pictures of the painful area. You may be asked to turn in various ways so images can be taken from different angles.
The technologist may use sponges or sand bags to help hold your arm still for each image.
The x-ray takes 15 to 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.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.