Why an x-ray just prior to consult?
I have a surgery date for reverse shoulder arthroplasty. In a few weeks I have to go to the hospital, have an xray then see the Surgeon in the clinic a few minutes later. WHY an xray at this stage?? I'm sure the Surgeon won't have the result when I see him moments later. All other tests were done.
- Anonymous2 months agoFavourite answer
He wants a recent xray so he he can see whats going on and the xray results don't take long about 20 mins if he's right there to look at them.
- RoddyLv 71 month ago
X-ray results are available to the doctor within minutes of them being taken since they are digital pictures that can be stored and transmitted by computer. Blood tests need time for the pathology laboratory to carry them out, interpret them and write up a report for the doctor.
- MarcLv 72 months ago
First of all, the best person to ask is the doctor doing the surgery! He will answer and if he doesnt, run away. How do you know the dr wont see the xray? It takes about 30 seconds to develop a plain film xray if its old school style and instant if its digital.
- David SLv 72 months ago
They need to verify the condition of the shoulder joint just prior to your procedure. You wouldn't want them using old x-rays, would you? Of course not.
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- Tublet HugletLv 62 months ago
He may actually have the result minutes later. Everything is done electronically and accessed remotely. The radiologist's report takes a bit more time to be created and finalized, but the image will most likely be available.
- 2 months ago
It's to compare before and after x-rays of the shoulder.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 72 months ago
A lot of hospitals today have digital xray equipment. So instead of a film that must be developed, a digital image goes into the computer and a surgeon or radiologist can immediately pull it up on his screen.