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Thoracic spine X-ray

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Alternative Names:
Vertebral radiography; X-ray - spine; Thoracic X-ray; Spine X-ray; Thoracic spine films; Back films
What the risks are:
There is low radiation exposure. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is low compared with the benefits. Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of the X-ray.
Special considerations:

The X-ray will not detect a number of back problems because these problems involve the muscles, nerves, and other soft tissues, which can't be seen well on an X-ray.

Skeletal spine
Skeletal spine
Vertebra, thoracic (mid back)
Vertebra, thoracic (mid back)
Vertebral column
Vertebral column
Intervertebral disk
Intervertebral disk
Anterior skeletal anatomy
Anterior skeletal anatomy
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