Your doctor may suggest an X-ray of the cervico dorsal spine if you have experienced a trauma or injury in the region. In depth evaluation of a cervical spine injury is essential because if a c-spine fracture is missed or overlooked, it can lead to lifelong neurological issues and even death. An x-ray uses electromagnetic radiation to study the cause of pain, location of fracture or any other anatomical abnormality.
For this test, you do not have to make any special preparation. Please inform your doctor if there are chances that you may have a piece of metal in your body, such as through a bullet or shrapnel injury. Your doctor will advise an alternative examination in such a case.
This test helps identify fractures or causes of pain in the spine. It also helps spot any abnormalities in the anatomy of the spine, especially if the patient has undergone trauma or injury. Based on the results of this test, the doctor can suggest further measures for management and treatment.
he x-ray requires you to be properly positioned so that the technician can examine your spine. You will be asked to stand, lie or sit to enable the best view of your cervico dorsal spine. You will be given a lead apron to cover other body parts to prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation. The technician will also ask you to lie still without moving. The x-ray machine will be moved to properly examine your spine and several images will be taken.