X-ray Tailbone

This X-ray creates two images of the bones that make up the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone).




This X-ray creates two images of the bones that make up the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone).



This X-ray uses a small dose of radiation to create two images of the bones that make up the sacrum and coccyx.

  • The sacrum is a triangular bone located below the lumbar spine.
  • The coccyx, also known as the tailbone, is a small bone located below the sacrum.

The technician will take the X-rays from different angles, including the:

  • Front
  • Side
  • Back

Your healthcare provider may get an X-ray of your tailbone to evaluate:

  • Pain in that area of your lower back
  • An injury to the lower back or buttocks

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 tests can be done instead of this X-ray? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Source UHC.com

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