X - Ray Cervical Spine AP & LAT View
What is X - Ray Cervical Spine AP & LAT View?
X-Ray Cervical Spine AP & LAT View test is used to visualize the first seven vertebral bones (C1 - C7) of the spinal column (backbone) located in the neck region. This test helps visualize intervertebral discs and the surrounding soft tissues like skin and muscles. The X-ray image is black and white. Dense structures such as the bones appear white, while softer tissues such as the skin and muscles appear darker.
This test is prescribed to find the cause of neck pain, look for injury of the spinal bones, diagnose any suspected tumors or infections of the spine, and detect any suspected disc problems.
An X-ray of the cervical spine is relatively safe as radiation exposure time is usually less than a second. The overall test may take 20-30 minutes.
Why is X - Ray Cervical Spine AP & LAT View done?
- To find the cause of the neck pain or upper back pain that lasts for a long time
- To look for any injury or fracture of the spinal bones (vertebrae)
- To diagnose any suspected tumors (abnormal growth), arthritis, osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) or infections of the spine
- To detect any suspected disc problems like spondylolisthesis (dislocation or slipping of one vertebra over the other), degeneration of the disc or herniated disc
- To look for any abnormalities in the curvature of the spine like lordosis (excessive inward curve of spine), kyphosis (excessive outward curve of spine also known as hunch back), scoliosis (side to side abnormal curvature) or birth defects