Toes - Lateral

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Name of projection Toes - Lateral
Area Covered Phalanges and at least half of the length metatarsals
Pathology shownFractures, dislocation, foreign body, some pathologies such as osteoarthritis and gout
Radiographic AnatomyToes Radiographic Anatomy
IR Size & Orientation 18 x 24cm
Film / Screen Combination Detail
(CR and DR as recommended by manufacturer)
Bucky / Grid No
FilterYes - when using film a thin filter covering phalanges and distal metatarsals
Exposure 55 kVp
2.5 mAs
FFD / SID 100cm
Central Ray Directed to metatarsophalangeal joint
Perpendicular to the IR
Collimation Four sides of collimation
To outer skin margins
Markers Distal and Lateral
Marker orientation AP
Shielding Gonadal (check your department's policy guidelines)
RespirationNot applicable
  • Rotate affected leg and foot medially (lateromedial) for first, second, and third digits and laterally (mediolateral) for fourth and fifth digits
  • Ensure that IP joint or PIP joint inquestion is centred
  • Use tape to seperate unaffected toes to prevent superimposition

Area Covered
Special Notes