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Chapter 17

Chapter 17 Anatomic Positions

Anatomic Position Erect, facing forward, arms rotated outward with the palms forward, hands open with thumbs pointed out. The feet are together or slightly apart
Supine Position Lying downward on the back with the face up. This postion is also known as the dorsal recumbent (lying down)
Prone Position Lying face down on the front of the body. This position is also known as the ventral recumbent
Lateral Position Position in which the side of the subject is next to the film. This can be performed as erect lateral (standing side) or lateral decubitus (lying down side)
Oblique Position Slanted position where the patient is lying at an angle neither prone nor supine.
Anteriorposterior (AP) The X-ray beam enters the front of the body (anterior) and exits the back of the body (posterior)
Posterioranterior (PA) The X-ray beam enters the back of the body (posterior) and exits the front of the body (anterior)
Lateral The X-ray beam enters one side of the body and exits the other side of the body placed next to the film
Oblique The X-ray beam enters at an angle neither frontal (AP or PA) or lateral
Created by: BBracha