Private Medical or Chiropractic Referral for high-definition, low-dose X-rays.
See one of our chiropractors for an Initial consultation and examination to decide if, and which, x-ray may be needed at our West London Clinic in Kensington W8.
STANDING OR SITTING digital, diagnostic, musculoskeletal x-rays for arthritis, fractures, scoliosis, whiplash injuries, degenerative joint disease, neck pain (cervical), low-back pain (lumbo-sacral spine, sacroiliac joints and hips), thoracic spine, ribs, shoulder, elbow, hips, knees, ankles, feet, arms and hands.
After taking your high-definition, low-dose Digital xrays we can provide you a full clinical explanation or written report.
At Sayer Clinic: Kensington London W8 our latest 2017 Spinal Digital computerised X-Rays are taken ONLY when diagnostically indicated, WEIGHT-BEARING while the patient stands, so that spinal curvature, twisting, scoliosis or disc compression or narrowing can be clearly assessed – most people suffer back pain when they stand or sit, not when lying down. The X-Ray can also detect any disease or pressures on the discs, congenital deformities, bone cancer, osteoporosis (brittle bones in older people).
We take LOW-DOSE X-rays on OUR 2017 HIGH DEFINITION, DIGITAL COMPUTED XRAY SYSTEM with close collimation to narrow the area to be imaged to an absolute minimum.
We take time to clearly show, explain and discuss the images and results with you so that together we can advise on the best plan of action for your health.
Main types of spinal x-ray:
The spinal column consists of 33 bones (vertebrae).
There are four main types of spinal x-rays:
- Cervical spine x-rays provide images of the 7 cervical (neck) vertebrae.
- Thoracic spine x-rays provide images of the 12 thoracic (chest) vertebrae.
- Lumbosacral spine X-rays provides images of the 5 bones of the lower back (lumbar vertebrae) and a view of the 5 fused bones at the bottom of the spine (sacrum) and sacroiliac joints.
- Sacrum/Coccyx X-rays provide a detailed view of sacrum and the 2, 3 or 4 small bones and joints of the tailbone (coccyx).
Between most of the vertebrae are cartilage discs which cushion the bones from shock and allow movement between them.
The most common spinal x-rays are of the cervicothoracic-thoracic (C /Th spine) and lumbosacral and coccyx (L/S spine films).
Spinal x-ray are taken to:
- Determine the cause of persistent pain, numbness, or weakness.
- Evaluate arthrosis of the vertebrae and the breakdown (degeneration) of the discs or facet joints between the spinal bones.
- Detect spinal abnormalities that might indicate fractures, infections, dislocations, tumors, bone spurs, disc disease, or problems from birth (congenital).
- Determine the extent of injuries to the bones of your spine (vertebrae) when there has been trauma to the vertebrae.
- Evaluate abnormal curvatures of the spine, such as scoliosis.
- Before any X-ray examination we discuss with you the risks and benefits of imaging. We will ask you if there is any chance of pregnancy as we will need to be sure that you are not pregnant
- If there is any possibility of pregnancy the x-ray examination will be delayed until the onset of your period.
- You will need to sign a ‘consent form’ confirming that you are not pregnant and that, having been informed of the risks and benefits of imaging, you give informed consent to be x-rayed.
Spinal x-rays at SAYER CLINICS are taken by Doctors of Chiropractic, qualified in radiography, taking digital x-rays as well as in Radiology, the interpretation and evaluation of x-rays.
- X-rays are usually taken in the standing position
- You will need to remove any jewellery that might interfere with the x-ray image.
- You may need to remove some of your clothes depending on which area is examined.
- You will be able to change in a private cubicle and be given a gown to wear during the x- ray examination.
One or more x-ray pictures may be taken during which you will need to remain still to avoid blurring the images.
Your digital computed X-rays are viewable within seconds when we will show you in detail your x-rays and explain the relevant findings and their significance in guiding your treatment or the necessity of further tests or imaging.
Spinal X-ray Findings
- The bones of the spine (vertebrae) are normal in size, shape and appearance.
- No broken bones, dislocations or foreign objects are seen. The soft tissues around the vertebrae appear normal.
- The spine is not abnormally curved.
- Broken bones, dislocations, or foreign objects may be seen.
- The spine is abnormally curved (Compensatory or Idiopathic Scoliosis).
- Diseases that affect the spine, such as decreased density or thinning of the bones (Osteoporosis) or arthrosis or degenerative joint disorders of the facet joints may be seen. One or more vertebra in the spine may be abnormal due to cancer, infection, trauma or from birth (Congenital).
- Disc disease can be seen on erect spinal x-rays as a narrowed space between the bones of the spine.
CT or MRI Scans
Other tests such as a CT scan (computerised tomography) or MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging) may be needed depending on your symptoms and the results of the spinal x-ray. If these are necessary we will help to refer you via your GP, directly to another specialist or to a private scanning facility:
You can book: Early mornings - Late evenings - Saturday mornings
From £40 per X-RAY IMAGE in West London Kensington W8
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