Skull (lateral view)

The skull lateral view is a nonangled lateral radiograph of the skull. This view provides an overview of the entire skull rather than attempting to highlight any one region.

Patient position

  • the sagittal midline of the patient's head is parallel to the image detector
  • sella turcica in profile
  • temporomandibular joints are superimposed
  • image size: 24 x 30 cm

X-ray beam features

  • the beam travels laterally, with 0° of angulation, through a point ~4 cm above the external auditory meatus
  • source-to-image distance: 40" (100 cm)
  • 70-75 kVp at 20 mAs (or AEC)
  • grid is used
Radiographic views
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rID: 37225
Section: Radiography
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Lateral skull radiograph

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