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Cervical spine X-ray 5 views and lumber spine X-ray 5 views (no lead shield). Should i be worried about the radiadtion and my future health?

Cervical spine X-ray 5 views and lumber spine X-ray 5 views (no lead shield). Should i be worried about the radiadtion and my future health?

No: Modern x-ray is relatively safe. The new machines produce a targeted beam which equals less scatter and less risk to the rest of your body. ...Read more

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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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Cervical spine X-ray results show prevertebral soft tissues are unremarkable. What does this mean?

Cervical spine X-ray results show prevertebral soft tissues are unremarkable.  What does this mean?

Nothing bad: If the prevertebral soft tissues were swollen, it could indicate that there was a fracture that the X ray did not pick up. The lack of swelling is a reassuring sign. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My X-ray of the cervical spine showed "bilateral prominent transverse processes of c7" what does that mean and should I be worried about it? Thank you

Arm symptoms?: Enlargement of the c7 transverse process can be associated with thoracic outlet syndrome and is a more subtle finding similar to the presence of a true cervical rib. Classic tos symptoms involve the lower trunk of the brachial plexus with numbness and pain extending into the 4th and 5th digits of the hand and hand weakness. ...Read more

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I had an X-ray of my back and it shows some straightening of the cervical spine and osteoarthrits. I'm 28 yrs old. What are some options for me?

I had an X-ray of my back and it shows some straightening of the cervical spine and osteoarthrits. I'm 28 yrs old. What are some options for me?

Several: It is unusual for a 28 year old to have cervical arthritis unless significant trauma has occurred. The straightening indicates muscle spasm suggest physical therapy for the neck, judicious use of anti-inflammatory and pain medications and careful attention to posture and trauma avoidance. If symptoms persist you should see a rheumatologist as this may indicate the presence of inflammatory disease. ...Read more

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I am a 41 yr. Old female. 5 ft tall & 98 lbs. Just received X-ray report stating severe spondylosis in mid cervical spine. What does this mean. ?

I am a 41 yr. Old female. 5 ft tall & 98 lbs. Just received X-ray report stating severe spondylosis in mid cervical spine. What does this mean. ?

Spondylosis: Spondylosis is age related changes to the spine. This is not a disease and happens to everyone as they age. There is loss of water content of the disks, loss of disk height leading to bulging of the disks and narrowing of the spinal canal and foramen (areas where nerves exit the spine. This can lead to pressure on the spinal cord and disks. Ask to see a spine specialist to evaluate. ...Read more

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Chiropractors X-ray of my cervical spine showed a very large completely blackened area. Stood still during exam. Follow-up MRI showed no problems. (?)

Chiropractors X-ray of my cervical spine showed a very large completely blackened area. Stood still during exam. Follow-up MRI showed no problems. (?)

possibly artifact: If your MRI was normal, it is possible that the quality of your xray might have been limited. I have seen some xrays that were poorly printed amd consequently had dark spots. ...Read more

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How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

How necessary is it to take a MRI when x Ray has been done to see reverse lordosis & possible herniated disc in cervical spine?

Different tests: Plain X-rays of the spine only show bones structure, an MRI is needed if you are looking for soft tissue pathology like a herniated disk. ...Read more

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I have upper arm swelling between my shoulder and elbow. I have had several blood tests, 3 mri's (brain, throat, cervical spine) and ultrasound of my arm for blood clot, chest X-ray and everything is normal. Any thoughts?

I have upper arm swelling between my shoulder and elbow. I have had several blood tests, 3 mri's (brain, throat, cervical spine) and ultrasound of my arm for blood clot, chest X-ray and everything is normal. Any thoughts?

Muscular: It sounds like a muscle issue. I'm not sure why a brain or throat MRI would be done for upper arm problem. If it is painful or affecting your function, i would have it checked out again. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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