An X-Ray Cervical Spine AP & LAT View test is a safe and non- invasive test used to get a pictorial description of the first seven vertebrae in the spinal column located in the upper back. An image of the soft tissues such as muscles of the upper back, the cervical vertebral bones (C1 to C7), and their intervertebral discs is recorded on an X-ray film. This is done by exposing the upper back to a small amount of radiation for less than a second.
Why get tested?
This test helps in assessing the cause of upper back pain. An X-ray is used to identify any fractures, signs of injury, inflammation and disc ailments.
What it measures? An upper back X-ray is used to diagnose various spine and upper back-related ailments . It is also used -
1. To assess the cause of persisting upper back pain
2. To identify any signs of fractures or injury in the spinal bones
3. To evaluate osteoporosis, tumors, arthritis or any infections around the spinal cord.
4. To look for any disc related ailments such as spondylolisthesis
1. The patient may be asked to wear a loose fitted clinical gown.
2. It is advisable to remove any metal object or accessory around the neck and any area being covered under the X-ray.