The area of the elbow includes the bones of the forearm, upper arm, and elbow joint. Anterior-Posterior (AP) projection demonstrates the elbow joint in its natural anatomical position. The LAT projection is a 90-degree view of the AP elbow. It diagnoses chronic discomforts of the elbow joint. An X-ray uses radiation to create a picture of the area. A radiologist will assess the images and send a report.
It diagnoses any fractured bones of the elbow joint and also infections, osteoporosis, and arthritis.
A plain X-ray usually takes 15 minutes. The actual exposure time to radiation is usually less than a second, so it is a safe and painless technique.