Do I Need to Get X-Rays?
Based on the findings of your exam, you most likely will have to get x-rays taken of your spine or extremities. Doctors of chiropractic receive over 300 hours of x-ray studies in chiropractic school prior to graduating, plus numerous hours of clinic time. Thus, they are fully trained to take and read x-rays. In most cases it's our best tool for diagnosing.
X-rays Are Safe and Provide Valuable Information
X-rays are a safe, simple, and cost effective way to view the structure and overall condition of your spine and any extremities. This provides the additional information that is essential for a more accurate spinal analysis and diagnosis. This allows our doctors to treat the correct underlying condition that is causing your pain or discomfort. X-rays are also useful in assessing the appropriateness of chiropractic care because they help to rule out the existence of more serious problems such as spinal fractures, tumors and infections, which require immediate emergency medical intervention.
Procedures Used To Minimize Exposure
Prolonged radiation can be potentially harmful to the human body, but the diagnostic x-rays utilized by the chiropractic doctor pose a minimal health risk. In fact, according to radiation guidelines for diagnostic x-ray studies, it would take more than 300 full spine x-rays performed by a chiropractor for these guidelines to be met.
We use a high frequency x-ray machine that produces more x-ray in less exposure time: this minimizes image blur caused by motion. High Frequency also reduces the dose to the patient, and the staff.
We now have a digital x-ray system, which allows us to see your images right after taking them!
In addition, the following steps are used to further reduce the amount of x-ray exposure in our office:
- Only necessary x-ray views will be taken; we would never want to expose you to any more radiation than necessary, even if it is a small amount.
- The high frequency machine we use narrows the x-ray beam to include areas of interest only.
- High speed film lowers exposure time by up to 1/12th compared to "hospital" x-rays.
- Minimal exposure times of just 100ths of a second