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Supine position on a split table

Positioning

Position the patient supine on a radiolucent table, slightly head down 10° to prevent sliding towards the foot of the table.

Place a small pad behind the knee to take pressure of the neurovascular structures. The pad also facilitates lateral x-ray images as this will lift the knee anterior to the contralateral side.

Also place a sandbag behind the same buttock to prevent external rotation of the leg.