The skyline/axial view provides useful information about the morphology and anatomy of the patella-femoral joint. It captures an axial projection of the patella (kneecap). It suits patients who can maintain a semi-recumbent (partly reclining) position on the examination table. An X-ray uses radiation to create a picture of what is going on inside the body. A radiologist will assess the images and send a report to your doctor.
This view is used to assess a patellar fracture and subluxation (partial dislocation) and is useful for detecting patellofemoral joint disease in orthopedics.
An X-ray usually takes less than 15 minutes. The actual exposure time to radiation is usually less than a second, so it is a safe and painless technique.