Skull (lateral view)

Andrew Murphy and Dr Matt A. Morgan et al.

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.

  • lateral projection
  • centering point
  • collimation
    • superior to include skin margins
    • inferior to include base of skull
    • anterior to include frontal bone
    • posterior to the skin margins 
  • orientation  
    • landscape
  • detector size
    • 24 cm x 30 cm
  • exposure
    • 60-70 kVp
    • 10-20 mAs
  • SID
    • 100 cm
  • grid
    • no
  • remove earrings, glasses, and dentures to avoid artifact obscuring important pathology
Radiographic views

Article information

rID: 37225
Section: Radiography
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Lateral skull radiograph

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Cases and figures

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  • Case 1: normal lateral skull radiograph
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  • Figure 2: skull positioning lines
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  • Figure 3: cranial landmarks
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