X-ray Facial Bones - Less than 3 Views

This X-ray creates fewer than three images of the bones in the face.

This X-ray creates fewer than three images of the bones in the face.

An X-ray of your facial bones uses a small dose of radiation to create multiple images (fewer than three) of the bones in your face. The technician will take the X-rays from different angles, which may be from the front, the side or the back.

Your healthcare provider may order X-rays of your facial bones:

  • To evaluate facial pain or swelling
  • To evaluate other symptoms related to your face
  • After an injury to find out if any of the bones in your face were broken (most common)

Tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The exposure from a single X-ray has not been associated with harmful effects to an unborn baby, but precautions should be taken.

  • In some cases, other imaging studies may be appropriate (such as an ultrasound or MRI).
  • The technician may ask you to move into other positions, so he or she can take different images.
  • Otherwise, you will need to stay still during the test, so the technician can take a clear image.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear steps to follow.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan? If not, why do I need the test?
  • What other types of x-rays could be done on my facial bones? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

X-ray Facial Bones - Fewer than 3 Views
Face X-ray
Face Xray

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