Diagnostic Imaging

X-Rays were invented totally by accident in1895 by a German physicist named Wilhelm Roentgen. He made the Cervical Spine Xraydiscovery while experimenting with electron beams in a gas discharge tube and watched as a fluorescent screen in his lab started to glow when the electron beam was turned on. This wasn’t surprising: fluorescent material glows in reaction to electromagnetic radiation. But the tube was wrapped in black cardboard, which he believed would have blocked the radiation.

Roentgen experimented by putting his hand in front of the tube; he saw his bones projected onto the fluorescent screen! It became immediately clear what this was to be used for. Since Röntgen’s discovery that X-rays can identify bony structures, X-rays have been developed for their use in medical imaging. Radiology is probably the most common use of X-ray technology. An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging and are especially useful in the detection of pathology of the skeletal system as well detection of some disease processes in soft tissue. This technology now allows doctors to see through human tissue to view broken bones, teeth and foreign objects while certain X-ray procedures are used to see softer tissue, like blood vessels, the lungs and the intestines.

Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Some notable examples are the very common chest X-ray, which can be used to identify lung diseases such as pneumonia, lung cancer or pulmonary edema, and the abdominal X-ray, which can detect intestinal obstruction. X-rays may also be used to detect pathology such as gallstones (which are rarely radiopaque) or kidney stones (which are often visible, but not always). A bone x-ray makes http://www.accidentcarespecialists.com/wp-content/themes/accidencarespecialist/images of any bone in the body, including the hand, wrist, arm, foot, ankle, knee, leg or spine.

Parts of your body will appear lighter or darker depending on your tissues as they absorb the X-rays; bones have calcium,which X-Rays absorb the most so they will appear white while air, as in the lungs, can’t absorb the radiation and will appear black. Cartilage and other tissues appear in different hues of gray.

X-ray examination is painless, fast and easy and the amount of radiation exposure you receive during an X-ray examination is negligible.

Your doctor will read the x-rays and be able to determine if you have arthritis, disc degeneration, or other pathologies. Other diagnostic testing such as MRIs may be needed to make the appropriate diagnosis.

After the doctor has thoroughly evaluated your history, physical exam and x-rays, he will meet with you to discuss the next steps in treatment.

The chiropractors at ACS are licensed to perform and interpret advanced imaging like X-rays.