X-Ray Analysis

Are X-Rays Necessary?

X-rays are a form of energy similar to radio waves and sunshine. Commonly they are used to view the bony structures of the body to rule out pathology, and in particular to Chiropractors, a means of biomechanical analysis.  Other forms of diagnostic imaging include: MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging ) which use strong radio waves and magnets to create the picture   CT scans (Computerized Axial Tomography) is a 3D X-ray. These can provide more information on bone and soft tissue.These scans are often used by medical practitioners however are not as useful to Chiropractors as a full spine X-ray. The reason being that the spine is a weight bearing structure and hence needs to be analysed in such a manner. Your Gonstead Chiropractor will take a FULL SPINE X-ray in a weight bearing (standing) position to accurately 'see' your spine's condition.

Does Everyone Require X-rays?

Unfortunately without X-rays we cannot visualise the bony structures, i.e. vertebrae, of the spine. So if a subluxation is the cause of your problem then an X-ray is essential in determining the most precise way to correct it.

However in certain circumstances an X-ray may not be taken. Children's bodies are constantly developing and changing, therefore X-rays are only taken in select cases. Also, pregnant women will not be X-rayed. PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR CHIROPRACTOR EVEN IF YOU SUSPECT YOU ARE PREGNANT.

Benefits of an X-ray: 

  • Rules out pathology  
  • Important visual record of the spine  
  • Determines the biomechanical status of each spine  
  • Identifies areas of spinal decay/degeneration  
  • Confirms examination findings  
  • Informs the Chiropractor the direction of misalignment. This allows maximal correction of the subluxation, quickly allowing the patients to return to optimal health.

Minimising Exposure to X-rays: 

  • Only the necessary views are taken  
  • The latest up-to-date equipment is utilised  
  • Regular mandatory government inspection and testing of site  
  • Sensitive high speed film shortens the exposure time  
  • Highly accurate electronic timing  
  • Luminescent screens amplify the image  
  • Filters and collimation limit the beam to areas required  
  • Shields protect sensitive body parts, for example gonads and eyes  
  • Pre X-ray measurement to decrease the amount of X-rays required minimising the number of exposures required.