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Why should I get a spinal x-ray?

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A spinal X-ray can help your doctor figure out if you have:

  • Broken bones
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal disk problems
  • Tumors
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones)
  • Abnormal curves of the spine
  • Infection
  • Spinal problems you were born with

From: What Is a Spinal X-Ray? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Spine X-Ray."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "X-rays of the Spine, Neck, or Back."

North American Spine Society: "Anatomy of the Spine," "Radiographic Assessment for Back Pain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "X-rays, CT Scans and MRIs."

American College of Radiology Imaging Network: "About X-rays."

Radiological Society of North America: "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -- Spine," "X-ray (Radiography) -- Bone."

Mayo Clinic: "X-Rays."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Spine X-Ray."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "X-rays of the Spine, Neck, or Back."

North American Spine Society: "Anatomy of the Spine," "Radiographic Assessment for Back Pain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "X-rays, CT Scans and MRIs."

American College of Radiology Imaging Network: "About X-rays."

Radiological Society of North America: "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -- Spine," "X-ray (Radiography) -- Bone."

Mayo Clinic: "X-Rays."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 17, 2017

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