What To Think About
- Sometimes your X-ray results may be different because you were tested at a different medical center or because earlier test results are not available to compare to the new test findings.
- The most common causes of low back pain, such as strained back muscles or ligaments, do not show up on a spinal X-ray.
- Other tests, such as a Reference CT scan Opens New Window, an Reference MRI Opens New Window, or a Reference myelogram Opens New Window, provide more information about the spinal bones, joints, nerves, discs, muscles, and ligaments than a spinal X-ray. For more information, see the topics Reference Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Spine, Reference Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine, and Reference Myelogram.
- Spinal X-rays have been used by some employers to screen healthy people for possible future back problems. But most health professionals do not believe that this is appropriate. If a potential employer wants you to have a spinal X-ray before you can start working, you may want first to discuss the matter with the employer and your doctor.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 2, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology