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Advice on removal of ankle monitor to take x-ray - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I fell down the stairs and my ankle is in a lot of pain. I plan on going to get an z ray. However I have a ankle monitor on the other foot. Do I need to get them to remove it, then get the x ray and then have them put it back on or can the doctor just put the lead bib over my foot.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   i meant xray not zray
Doctor :   Most metals are radioopaque. So are ankle monitors.
User :   so does that mean that i can stay on?
Doctor :   They would affect the penetration of the X rays and hence would affect significantly when the doctors study the xray.
User :   even if it on a different foot
Doctor :   It means that for proper visualisation of the x ray, you would have to remove it.
Doctor :   If its on the other foot, then it would not matter.
User :   ok. My left foot has the monitor and the right is the one that hurts
User :   Thank You
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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