An X-Ray Lumbar Spine AP test is a simple and non- invasive test used to get a pictorial description of the lower back. An image of the soft tissues such as muscles of the lower back, the lumbar vertebral bones (L1 to L5), and their intervertebral discs is recorded on an X-ray film. This is done by exposing the lower back to a small amount of radiation for less than a second.
Why get tested?
This test helps in assessing the cause of lower back pain. An X-ray is used to identify any fractures, signs of injury, inflammation and disc ailments.
What it measures?
X-Ray Lumbar Spine AP View is done to -
1. Diagnose and view any abnormal tumors, osteoporosis, arthritis, and infections of the spine
2. Assess the reason behind a persistent lower back pain
3. Look for fracture or an injury in the spinal cord
4. Diagnose the extent of inflammation in the vertebral disc
5. Asses the degree of disc degeneration
6. Find deformity in the curvature of the spine
7. Assess conditions like scoliosis or birth defects
This test includes
X-Ray Lumbar -SPINE AP VIEW
The patients may be advised to remove braces, jewelry, bandages or any other form of metal objects from the body.
The radiologist may ask the patient to wear loose fitted clothes.