What is a Cervical Spine X-Ray?

Cervical Spine X-ray, also known as C-Spine or Neck X-Ray may be performed to evaluate the structure of bones and soft tissues in the cervical spine area. This includes the seven bones of your neck that surround and protect the top section of your spinal cord. A C-Spine X-ray also shows the nearby structures, including your:

  • vocal cords
  • tonsils
  • adenoids
  • trachea (windpipe)
  • epiglottis (the flap of tissue that covers your windpipe when you swallow)

Who should get this test?

Your doctor may order a C-Spine X-ray image for the following:

  • fractured or broken bones
  • swelling in or near your trachea
  • thinning of your neck bones due to osteoporosis
  • bone tumors or cysts
  • chronic wear on the disks and joints of your neck, which is called cervical spondylosis
  • joints that are pushed out of their normal positions, which are called dislocations
  • abnormal growths on the bones, which are called bone spurs
  • spinal deformities
  • swelling around the vocal cords, which is called croup
  • inflammation of the epiglottis, which is called epiglottitis
  • a foreign object that is lodged in your throat or airway
  • enlarged tonsils and adenoids

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. X-ray is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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