X-ray views/projections

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X-ray views/projections

Many different views and projections have been described for the taking of foot and ankle radiographs.

There can be confusion over the difference between a view and a projection. A projection is usually defined as the direction in which the central beam of the x-ray passes through a part. A view is defined as the portion of the foot closest to the x-ray plate. For a lateral and an anteroposterior x-rays, the view is the same as the projection. It sometimes becomes confused when discussing oblique x-rays. A medial oblique projection is when the x-ray beam is directed oblique at the medial side of the foot.

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