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Facial X-Ray

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 X-rays.
  • 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.

What To Think About

  • A computed tomography (CT) scan may be needed to check any problems found on a facial X-ray. CT scans are better than X-rays for some problems, such as severe facial trauma or sinusitis. CT scans are more expensive than facial X-rays and may not be available in some areas. Facial and sinus X-rays may be done if a CT scan is not available. For more information, see the topic Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Head and Face.
  • Your X-ray results may be different from earlier test results because you were tested at a different medical center or you had a different kind of test.

Other Works Consulted

  • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

  • Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerHoward Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
Last RevisedApril 24, 2012
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Last Updated: April 24, 2012
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