Thumb lateral view
The thumb lateral view is an orthogonal projection to AP/PA view and helps in the localization of a foreign body in the thenar eminence.
- patient is seated alongside the table
- arm is abducted and forearm is placed on table with flexion at elbow
- the wrist is abducted and palm is raised slightly to bring the lateral aspect of thumb in contact with the cassette
X-ray beam features
- vertical beam beam is employed
- centered to a point over first metacarpophalangeal joint