What is a Full Arm X-Ray?

Even if you’ve never broken a bone, chances are that you know at least one person who has. And what’s the first thing you do when you break a bone? For some of us, it’s start crying uncontrollably. But for others, it’s to immediately go to the doctor to get an X-ray.

An X-ray of the Arm is a safe and painless test that uses a small amount of radiation to take a picture of the entire arm including your upper arm, elbow, and forearm. During the examination, an X-ray machine sends a beam of radiation through the upper arm, and an image is recorded on a computer or special film. This image shows the soft tissues and the bones in your entire arm.

Dense body parts that block the passage of the X-ray beam through the body, such as bones, appear white on the X-ray image. Softer body tissues, such as the skin and muscles, allow the X-ray beams to pass through them and appear darker.

Who should get this test?

An Arm X-ray can help find the cause of symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformity of the arm. Aside from breaking a bone, an X-ray of the Arm can help determine the cause of common signs or symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformity of the upper arm. An X-ray can also help detect cysts, tumors, later stages of infection, and other diseases in the bone. If you did have a broken bone, an X-ray will help determine whether or not the bone is in proper alignment and if it has healed properly.

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. X-ray is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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