How It Feels
You will feel no discomfort from the
X-rays. The X-ray table may feel hard and the room may be cool. You may find
that the positions you need to hold are uncomfortable or painful, especially if
you have an injury.
There is always a slight risk of damage to cells
or tissue from being exposed to any radiation, including the low levels of
radiation used for this test. But the risk of damage from the X-rays is usually
very low compared with the potential benefits of the test.
For example, the radiation exposure
from a chest X-ray is about equal to the natural radiation exposure received
during a round-trip airline flight from Boston to Los Angeles (Montreal to
Vancouver) or 10 days in the Rocky Mountains (Denver, Colorado).
X-ray is a series of pictures of the bones in your
face. A facial X-ray helps find bone
fractures, tumors, foreign objects, infections, and
abnormal growths or changes in bone structure or size. In an emergency, the
doctor can see the initial results of a facial X-ray in a few minutes.
radiologist usually has the official X-ray report
ready the next day.
The bones of the face and
orbital cavity are normal in size and shape.
No foreign objects or abnormal
growths are present.
No broken bones are
The sinuses are clear. No
inflammation or infection is present.
Foreign objects, such as
fragments of metal or glass, may be present.
Broken bones, such as the
nasal bones or bones around the eye (orbital cavity), may be
Signs of a disease that
affects the bones of the face or orbital cavity may be present.
Abnormal growths (tumors) are
sinusitis, such as fluid in the sinuses or a thick
tissues lining the sinuses, may be present.
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- If you can't remain still during the test. The
pictures may not be clear.
- If you have a possible neck injury. In
this case, it may not be possible to do a complete series of facial
- If you have a false eye (prosthetic eye) or other artificial or
metal objects around the face. These can make a shadow on the X-ray picture
that hides part of the bones.