An X-ray of the forearm is a safe and painless test to visualize the bones of the forearm and the soft tissues (skin and muscles) surrounding it using small amount of radiation. The area of the forearm includes the elbow, bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) and the wrist. The image is recorded on a special X-ray film. The X-ray image is black and white. Dense structures such as the bones, appear white and softer body tissues, such as the skin and muscles appear darker. The actual exposure time to radiation is usually less than a second, although the overall test may take 15-20 minutes.
To diagnose any broken or fractured bones of the forearm (area from the elbow to the wrist) and to monitor the healing of the broken bone, after it has been set.
To diagnose any suspected infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of joints).
No precaution required.
Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
You may have to remove your jewelry and any metal objects which might interfere with the image.