X-ray Cervical Spine

This x-ray creates several different images of the bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae).

This x-ray creates several different images of the bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae).

A cervical spine X-ray uses a small dose of radiation to create an image, or multiple images, of the spine bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae). The X-rays may be taken from different angles, such as the front, side or back. Your healthcare provider may order these X-rays to find the cause of neck, shoulder or arm pain. They may also be done to assess other neck symptoms or the possible effects of trauma.

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

  • Be sure to tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The exposure from a single X-ray has not been associated with harmful effects to an unborn baby, but 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 could be done instead of this X-ray? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

X-ray Cervical Spine
Xray Cervical Spine
Neck X-ray
Neck Xray

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