Lower limb radiography (pediatric)

Last revised by Jessica Hui Shi Ng on 02 Aug 2022

Lower limb radiography involves plain film imaging of the pelvis, hip, knee and ankle bones in pediatric patients. Depending on the patients' age, the difficulty of the examination will vary, often requiring a specialist trained radiographer familiar with a variety of distraction and immobilization techniques. 

Patients should remove any clothing or jewelry on the affected lower limb. 

Often difficulties in imaging the pediatric lower limb radiography include:

To overcome this, a variety of techniques can be used:

  • distract the patient with toys, games and/or conversation
  • perform immobilization with blankets and velcro straps

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