Lower Extremity X-Ray

Your doctor has requested an X-ray of your lower extremities. This includes X-rays of the toes, feet, ankles, knees, upper legs and hips. These X-rays can help to identify injuries (fractures or sport injuries), joint swelling (arthritis), weakened bones (osteoporosis) or other abnormalities that may be causing pain.

Before Arriving for Your Procedure

  • Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home and wear comfortable clothing.
  • If your doctor gave you an order, please bring it with you.
  • Although we do not anticipate any delay in your scheduled appointment, we recommend that you bring a book, magazine or music player to help pass any time you may have to wait.

During Your Procedure

  • For this procedure, you will be asked to sit or lie on the exam table.
  • The technologist will take multiple pictures of the area that is causing pain.
  • You may be asked to assume various positions so that images can be taken from different angles. The technologist may use sponges or sand bags to help you hold your leg still for each picture.
  • The procedure takes between 15 and 30 minutes.

After Your Procedure

  • Your study will be read by an imaging physician who specializes in the interpretation of X-ray scans. The results will be sent to your physician, usually within 48 hours.
  • Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

The fracture is of the tibia in the leg at the ankle.

Fractured tibia bone in a splint. The complex fracture lines are seen as dark lines through the white bone.

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.