Unlike other parts of the body, the role of X-rays in imaging the spine has not become outdated, and they still play a large role in patients with suspected spine pathology. Whether in the emergency department, or in non-emergent cases as preliminary imaging, before moving on to more advanced and more expensive imaging procedures, radiographs of the spine are very useful in reaching a diagnosis or following up a patient.
After reviewing this article, the student should be able to:
- Explain the protocols and procedures of spinal X-Rays.
- Define the anatomy for a spinal X-Ray.
- Identify the exposure of spinal X-Rays.
- Understand the technique and pathology of spinal X-Rays.