X-ray Thoracic Spine - 2 Views

This X-ray creates at least two images of the bones in the middle part of the spine (thoracic vertebrae).

This X-ray creates at least two images of the bones in the middle part of the spine (thoracic vertebrae).

A thoracic (middle) spine X-ray uses a small dose of radiation to create at least two images of the bones in the middle of the spine (thoracic vertebrae). The X-rays may be taken from different angles, such as the:

  • Front
  • Side
  • Back

Your healthcare provider may get X-rays to check on the:

  • Cause of back pain
  • Effects of trauma

Here are some things you should know before having an X-ray.

  • Tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The radiation risk to an unborn baby from a single X-ray is likely small. However, precautions should be taken.
  • In some cases, other imaging studies may be appropriate (such as a CT or MRI scan).
  • You will need to stay still during the test, so the technician can take a clear image.
  • The technician may ask you to move into other positions, so he or she can take different images.

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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X-ray Thoracic Spine - 2 Views

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