These are pictures of the spine that are taken to find out if there is any disease or any injuries in the joints or the discs of the spine. The injuries could include disc disease, bone spurs, tumors, dislocations, infections, and spinal fractures. Scoliosis back X-ray is done to check scoliosis or the curvature of the spine or for spinal defects.
Back pain X-rays are radiation that is focused in a beam and can pass through the human body. The pictures created by the X-rays strike a detector and send a picture to the computer or expose a film. Bones and dense tissues in the body can absorb some of the X-rays and that's why they look white on a picture. Other tissues that are less dense look grey on the X-ray picture.
The spine has 33 bones in the vertebrae. There are discs or pads of cartilage between the bones to cushion the bones in cases of shock. This also enables the movement. The spinal bones form a canal.
There are four types of X-rays used depending upon the four parts of the spine.
The reason for a spinal or back X-ray:
You must tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you have had another X-ray that used barium contrast material.
A spinal X-ray will be done by a technologist and the pictures will be interpreted by a radiologist. The procedure will take about 15 minutes.