X-ray Cervical Spine - 4 Views

This X-ray creates at least four images of the bones of the spine in the neck (cervical vertebrae).

This X-ray creates at least four images of the bones of the spine in the neck (cervical vertebrae).

A cervical spine X-ray uses a small dose of radiation to create at least four images of the bones in the neck. These bones are known as the cervical vertebrae. The technician will take the X-rays from different angles, including the:

  • Front
  • Side
  • Back

Your healthcare provider may order X-rays of your cervical vertebrae:

  • To assess neck, shoulder or arm pain
  • To evaluate other symptoms related to your neck
  • After an injury to find out if an of the bones in your neck were broken

Tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The exposure from a single X-ray has not been associated with harmful effects to an unborn baby, but precautions should be taken.

  • In some cases, other imaging studies may be appropriate (such as an ultrasound or MRI).
  • The technician may ask you to move into other positions, so he or she can take different images.
  • Otherwise, you will need to stay still during the test, so the technician can take a clear image.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear steps to follow.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan? If not, why do I need the test?
  • What other types of x-rays could be done on my cervical spine? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

X-ray Spine
X-ray Cervical Spine - 4 Views
Xray Cervical Spine
Spine X-ray
Spine Xray
Neck X-ray
Neck Xray
Cervical Spine

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