Face, Sinuses or Skull
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Face, Sinuses or Skull X-ray Preparation (PDF)
For patient safety, patients exceeding the weight limit of 325 lbs. will not be done at London X-Ray Associates.
Passing small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the body and capturing the resulting shadows on a digital screen creates an x-ray image. Doctors commonly order sinus x-rays. Skull and facial x-rays are less commonly ordered. All of these examinations take about 10 minutes to complete.
- Common Reasons for Plain X-rays of the Face, Sinuses or Skull
Some of the more common reasons why your doctor would order plain x-rays of the face, sinuses or skull include:
- Headache or facial pain
- Nasal stuffiness
- Repeated chest infections
- Change in voice
- Head/facial injury
- Further investigation of bone scan abnormality
- Who should not have Plain X-rays of the Face, Sinuses or Skull?
Face, sinus or skull x-rays, and indeed all x-ray examinations, should not be performed on pregnant women except when the information provided by the test is vital to treatment of the patient and there are no suitable alternatives.
- How do I prepare for the test?
No preparation is required.
- Who performs the examination?
An x-ray technologist (someone trained to take x-ray images) performs the examination.
- What happens during the examination?
After registering with the receptionist, you will be taken to an x-ray room where several x-ray pictures will be taken. It is important that no metal (jewelry, zippers, etc.) be in the area being x-rayed. You may be asked to hold your breath during some of the pictures. If you are having x-rays of your sinuses, 4 pictures will be taken. It is customary to take 2 pictures of your skull. 4 - 6 pictures of the face are usually required. You will have to wait while the pictures are checked. A repeat picture is occasionally required.
- What are the risks of the procedure?
All x-rays involve receiving a controlled amount of radiation. The risk associated with the radiation received during a single x-ray examination is very small. While the exact likelihood is controversial, there is a very small chance of the radiation contributing to the development of a malignancy many years in the future. The risks involved in everyday activities such as driving a car are far higher. Generally, the risk of not doing the x-ray far outweighs the risk of the small amount of radiation involved.
- Who interprets the results and how do I get them?
The results are interpreted by one of our radiologists (a doctor who specializes in reading x-ray and other images and doing procedures requiring imaging). The results are sent to the doctor who ordered the face, sinus or skull x-rays by courier or fax.
Arrangements to discuss the results of the face, sinus or skull x-ray can be made with the doctor who ordered it.
- Are childcare (baby sitting) services available while I have my exam?
No childcare services are available. Please prearrange the following:
Adult supervision in the waiting room must be provided at all times for children while you, the caregiver, are having your exam completed. London X-Ray Associates staff will not be able to provide any childcare needs. We ask that all children be supervised by an adult, other than the patient, while at London X-Ray Associates.