What is a Lumbar Spine X-Ray?

Lumbar Spine X-Ray, also known as L-Spine X-Ray, may be performed to assess damage to the lumbar spine (lower back) area. A lumbar spine x-ray may be performed to identify the cause of severe lower back pain.

Who should get this test?

Your doctor may order a lumbar spine X-ray to diagnose:

  • birth defects that affect the spine
  • injury or fractures to the lower spine
  • low back pain that’s severe or lasts for more than four to eight weeks
  • osteoarthritis, which is arthritis affecting the joints
  • osteoporosis, which is a condition that causes your bones to thin
  • abnormal curvature or degenerative changes in your lumbar spine, such as bone spurs
  • cancer

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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