Thoracic spine lateral view

Clinical indication:

Scoliosis, fracture

Region:

C7 to L1

Patient’s Position:

The patient is placed in lateral recumbent position, with both humeri at right angles to the chest and elbow flexed.

Support patient so that thoracic spine is parallel to the table.

Ensure that there is no rotation of spine, shoulder and pelvis.

Make patient more comfortable by flexing patient’s knee towards the chest.

Align the mid coronal plane to the midline of the IR.

Place the top of the cassette 5cm above the shoulder.

Cassette:

Size: 14’’x17’’ Orientation: Portrait

FFD/SID:

100cm

Central ray:

The central ray projected at the level of T7, perpendicular to thoracic spine

Grid:

Yes

Respiration:

Not related

Exposure factors:

70-80kVp 30-50mAs

Collimation:

Include C7/T1 superiorly, T12/L1 inferiorly and anteriorly and posteriorly to include all margins of the thoracic vertebrae.

Thoracic spine lateral view

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