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A 39-year-old female asked:

i had a neck x-ray today to look for lesions of multiple sclerosis. i wasn't aware they could be seen on an x-ray? can they?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 34 years experience
No: Multiple myeloma lesions can be seen on xr, but not ms lesions. See your doctor for clarification.
Dr. Virginia Simnad
Neurology 28 years experience
No: Mri shows the anatomy of the spinal cord tissue. X-ray does not, but may show pathology which may account for symptoms, unrelated to a question of ms.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Specifics: A plain X-ray of the neck cannot visualize MS lesions or even most spinal cord pathology, but an MRI of the neck can find white matter lesions afflicting spinal cord.

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