The Lumbar Vertebrae are the the five vertebral bones present at the bottom of the spine. Most back pains are traced to this area, in the lower back. If a patient complains of persistent back pain, the doctor will order an X Ray. The X Ray will detect any abnormalities, injuries and diseases that are causing the pain. The X Rays are radioactive rays of high frequency which when passed through the body can reflect an image of the bones. They are either of AP (top to bottom) or Lateral (side to side) views.
No special preparation is required. The patient will be asked to remove any jewellery items. The doctor should be informed of any metal implants the patient has.
The images will be analysed by the doctor upon arrival of the results. The doctor will be able to detect any injuries or abnormalities in the bones. If detected, further tests might be assigned for detailed diagnosis.
The process is a quick one: The patient will be asked to change into a gown. The patient will be asked to sit or lie in various positions to obtain multiple views. The camera will be moved over the waist and hips, to capture the image. Upon completion, the patient will be asked to change and wait at the reception for the results.