X-RaY

X-ray images are produced by sending an x-ray beam through the body. The calcium in bone blocks penetration of the x-ray beam casting a shadow on the xray film

 

X-rays are obtained to view detail of the boney structures in the spine. They are useful in evaluating for

 

  • instability (spondylolisthesis)

  • tumors

  • fractures

 

X-rays do not produce good images of discs, ligaments and nerve roots as they do not have any calcium

 

X-rays should be minimized in women who may be pregnant.