Are X-rays Really Necessary?

Why are X-rays Necessary?
X-rays can help determine the necessary course of treatment and reveal if some underlying conditions might interfere with it. For example, patients often come to doctors of chiropractic after having suffered an injury. In many such cases, x-rays are necessary to exclude the possibility of more serious health problems. X-rays are also recommended in older patients – for example, to help detect the probability of osteoporosis – as well as in patients with a history of certain types of arthritis, tumors and many other conditions.

In some patients, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or some other advanced imaging technique may be ordered in addition to regular x-rays. These studies help investigate or create images that are not easily seen on x-rays, such as spinal disc disorders. MRIs can be more expensive than x-rays, but they do not use radiation, so they cause no risk of excess radiation exposure.

What is the Risk of X-rays?
X-rays are colorless, odorless and tasteless, so you will not see, smell, or taste them. In addition, you will feel nothing as they are taken.

Since x-rays penetrate all matter to some degree, scientists have developed modern techniques and equipment that have minimized x-ray exposure. At Accurate Care Pain Relief Center, the x-ray equipment is inspected for safety after it is installed, and it must pass periodic state inspection. Your doctors will order only those x-rays that are absolutely necessary for your condition.

– Courtesy of the American Chiropractic Association

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