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How effective is an X-ray at diagnosing the cause of back pain?

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Varies

It depends on the cause of the back pain.
Issues such as arthritis, instability (spondylolisthesis), scoliosis, and fractures are sometimes better diagnosed with x-rays than with MRI studies.

In brief: Varies

It depends on the cause of the back pain.
Issues such as arthritis, instability (spondylolisthesis), scoliosis, and fractures are sometimes better diagnosed with x-rays than with MRI studies.
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