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Neck X-Ray

Alternate Names : Cervical Spine X-Ray, C-Spine X-Ray, Cervical Spine Series

Neck X-Ray | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

A specialized doctor called a radiologist will examine the films. The radiologist will forward a verbal and/or written report to the person's personal healthcare provider. The healthcare providers will use the results to establish the next course of action or treatment plan.

Abnormal findings of a neck x-ray include:

  • degenerative arthritis changes
  • traumatic or pathologic fracture
  • spondylosis, a degeneration of the disks and vertebrae
  • spondylolisthesis, a forward slipping of one vertebrae on the one below
  • metastatic tumor invasion, or cancer caused by abnormal cells traveling from another part of the body
  • Any fracture identified on a cervical spine x-ray will require further evaluation with a CT scan and/or an MRI scan. Neck pain associated with arm and hand numbness often indicates a vertebral disk problem. These symptoms are first evaluated with a cervical spine series followed by an MRI scan.

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    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 06/07/01

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