c. Stretcher at Right Angles to the X-ray Table. This placement is the most
practical if you have a lot of equipment with which to contend. You might be taking a
cervical (C)-spine on a patient who needs the use of an oxygen tank and an IV pole. In
that case, the wide open L-shaped area formed by the stretcher and the X-ray table
when placed at right angles to each other (figure 1-42) would be suited to your special
Figure 1-42. Placement option 1. Stretcher at right angles to X-ray table.
d. Stretcher in Tandem with the Table. In a mass casualty situation in which
many X-rays must be taken quickly and in assembly-style fashion, you would place the
stretcher in tandem with the table (figure 1-43). For such a mass casualty situation, you
would place the stretcher in tandem with the table, to get the job done as quickly and
efficiently as possible.
Figure 1-43. Placement option 2. Stretcher in tandem with table.