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Neck x-ray

Alternate Names : X-ray - neck, Cervical spine x-ray, Lateral neck x-ray


Definition

A neck x-ray is an imaging test to look at cervical vertebrae, the seven bones in the neck area.

Why is the Test Performed?

The x-ray is used to evaluate neck injuries and persistent numbness, pain, or weakness. A neck x-ray can also be used to help see if air passages are blocked by swelling in the neck or something stuck in the airway.

How is the Test Performed?

This test is performed in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider’s office by an x-ray technologist. You will lie on the x-ray table. If the x-ray is to determine injury, care will be taken to prevent further injury. The x-ray machine will be positioned over the neck area. You will be asked to hold your breath while the picture is taken, so that the picture will not be blurry. You will be asked to changed positions so that additional scans can be taken. Usually three to seven different views are needed.

How to Prepare for the Test?

Tell the health care provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry.

How will the Test Feel?

This test does not cause discomfort, but the table may be cold.

Pictures & Images

Skeletal spine
Skeletal spine

Vertebra, cervical (neck)
Vertebra, cervical (neck)

Cervical vertebrae
Cervical vertebrae

   
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Review Date : 8/8/2009
Reviewed By : Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.



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