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What is an X-ray Lumbar Spine Lateral View?
An x-ray lumbar spine lateral view is a type of x-ray image used to detect abnormalities or injuries in the lower back. It is typically performed as part of diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the lower back, such as disc irritation or arthritis. During this procedure, x-rays are taken from several angles to get an accurate assessment of the patient's spine condition. The x-ray images allow doctors to visualize the position and alignment of bony structures in the spine and may identify changes in density or pathology that could be indicative of disease or injury. Treatment strategies can then be based on the x-ray findings reported in conjunction with other tests.
When is an X-ray Lumbar Spine lateral view prescribed?
Typically prescribed whenever there is a suspected injury or trauma to the lower back, such as strains and sprains along with fractures. It is also used to detect any other type of abnormality in the bones or disks of your lower back which may be causing pain, compression and nerve impingement. Sometimes x-rays are ordered to provide an imaging reference over time to help monitor any changes that might occur due to certain medical conditions. A lumbar spine x-ray should be performed by a qualified health professional in order to properly assess the condition for any potential issues.