X-Ray Safety and Usage
Chiropractic Physicians Regularly Utilize Diagnostic X-rays
Based on the nature of your condition as well as a number of other factors, x-ray studies of your spine or injured body part may be indicated. Chiropractic Physicians receive over 300 hours of x-ray studies in college prior to graduating. They are also tested on these procedures in their national board and state board exams. Thus, your Doctor is fully trained and certified to take radiographs and identify abnormalities of the spine as well as more serious pathologies.
X-Rays are Safe and Provide Valuable Diagnostic Information
X-rays are a safe and cost effective way to view the structure and general condition of the spine as well as the other joints of the body. They reveal the true condition of spinal regions, illustrate abnormal areas of stress, and expose areas of degenerative variation. This provides essential information which your Doctor integrates with your history and examination findings to render your diagnosis. Diagnostic X-rays allow for accurate biomechanical analysis and individualized, effective treatment plans. X-rays are also useful in assessing the appropriateness of chiropractic care as they can help to rule out the existence of more serious pathological processes such as spinal fractures, tumors and infections, which require immediate emergency medical intervention.
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