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Upper Extremity X-Ray

Your doctor has recommended you for an X-ray of your upper extremities. Upper extremity X-rays may be of the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, forearms, upper arms or shoulders. These X-rays can help to find injuries (fractures and sports 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 the time if you have to wait.

During Your Procedure

  • Depending on the site of the pain, you may be asked to stand, lie on the exam table or sit in a chair.
  • The technologist will take multiple pictures of the painful area. You may be asked to turn in various ways so images can be taken from different angles.
  • The technologist may use sponges or sand bags to help hold your arm still for each image.
  • The X-ray takes 15 to 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.
  • To request copies of your pictures on a PC-compatible CD or a copy of your report, please call 310-423-8000, option 2, or submit an online request.