X-rays are often taken on some patients to give the doctor an inside look at what is going on with the bone structure of the entire spine and surrounding skeletal structure. From this X-ray, the doctor can tell your current spine angles as well as any potential further issues including the potential for additional information such as an MRI. The need for X-rays, or advanced imaging such as MRI, is determined by the examination. Many people ask if X-rays are necessary for treatment. The answer to that question is that it is determined on an individual basis.
We do not have X-ray on site but we do utilize and have good relationships with radiological centers close to the office including Metro Imaging and Christian Hospital . Most of the centers do not require an appointment for the X-rays but they do for more advanced studies. After you get your X-rays taken they will put the images and report on the Patient Portal. This way we can easily discuss these images and findings with the patient at the office. Sometimes they will actually give the patient the CD to bring for their next visit.
On your next visit we will look at the X-rays together, compare them to the findings from the examination and come up with a good treatment plan for your problem. This may also show us a need to refer to another provider and we will help you with that.