X-Ray Lumbosacral Spine AP & Lateral
X-ray - lumbosacral spine; X-ray - lower spine
- Occurs after injury
- Is severe
- Does not go away after 4 to 8 weeks
- Is present in an older person
- If you are pregnant or think you might be, inform your physician and radiologist to discuss the exposure limit for the developing fetus.
- Remove any jewelry or metal objects that might distort the radiographic image.
- Consult the X-ray technician if you wear any on-body devices such as an insulin pump or have metal implants from prior surgeries
- You may be asked to change into the hospital gown for the imaging at the time of the scan.
- congenital disabilities or infections that affect the spine
- accidental injury or fracture to the lower spine or vertebrae
- chronic lower back pain that lasts for more than 4-8 weeks
- osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis that affects the joints
- osteoporosis, a condition where your bone has pores and the density is decreased
- Any suspected tumors
- Detection of suspected disc problems like dislocation or slipping of one vertebra over the other (spondylolisthesis) or degeneration of spinal discs or bone spurs
- abnormal curvature of the spine like lordosis (excessive inward curve of spine), kyphosis (exaggerated outward curve of the spine), and scoliosis (side to abnormal side curvature)