Figure 2-2. Another view of the working side of the X-ray table.
THE ORDER OF PROCEDURE
There is a logical sequence to performing the preparatory slaps that precede the
actual taking of an X-ray or performance of an examination. This logical sequence of
events is referred to as the order of procedure. The order of procedure is broader in
scope than the specific steps of any one particular exam or view such as positioning the
right arm for an anteroposterior (AP) distal forearm. It involves a sequence that should
be followed before any examinations, view, or study. By so doing, you will work more
efficiently. Once you are experienced, the order of procedure will come naturally to you.
The inner logic of the sequence becomes self-evident through practice. But, in the
beginning, you will have to be more conscious about applying the correct order of
procedure. The sequence at steps, or order of procedure, is summarized in the
following chart. For now, we will be considering step 1 of the order of procedure, patient
ORDER OF PROCEDURE
1. Prepare patient.
2. Adjust control panel.
3. Select table factors.
4. Position patient.
5. Take exposure.