X-rays are a useful tool for determining your diagnosis, the severity of your condition, and which treatments are safe for you. Chiropractor Randall Thompson, DC, offers digital X-rays in-house at Miami Spine Clinic so you can get the diagnosis and treatment you need quickly. Based in Miami, Florida, since 2011, Dr. Thompson is trained to evaluate X-rays so you don't need to wait for an outside consultation to begin treatment. To schedule a visit at Miami Spine Clinic, call or use the online booking tool today.
Most people don't need X-rays in order to determine their diagnosis. Dr. Thompson performs extensive orthopedic exams during your initial visit to determine if X-rays are warranted. According to the Ottawa X-ray guidelines, X-rays are recommended if you:
There are exceptions to these rules related to your age, location and severity of pain, and medical history. Dr. Thompson discusses X-rays with you if they are needed to determine your diagnosis.
Dr. Thompson offers in-house digital X-rays which can be viewed immediately after they're taken. Depending on how many areas or angles are being X-rayed, it can take 10-20 minutes to take the X-rays. If you're in extreme pain and having difficulty moving, it can take longer to position you safely in order to take each X-ray.
For some X-rays of the spine or extremities — like the shoulder, hip, or knee — Dr. Thompson takes measurements of the X-rays which help determine your condition and its severity. Measurements are taken for scoliosis, ligament injuries, swelling, and fractures. Dr. Thompson is thoroughly trained to read X-rays, so an outside consultation is rarely needed.
Yes. The amount of radiation emitted for a single set of X-rays is very low. However, keep in mind that X-rays aren't always needed so it may be appropriate to avoid exposure altogether. Women who are pregnant should avoid X-rays as they can be harmful to the baby. If you're concerned about radiation exposure, discuss your options with Dr. Thompson to find the right solution.
Current research shows that MRIs are generally not needed for cases of spine pain. MRIs can confirm a diagnosis, though the cost is often prohibitive. If Dr. Thompson determines that an MRI is needed — for cases in which a spinal tumor or other serious complication is suspected — he refers you to a hospital or imaging center in the area that takes your insurance.
To set up a consultation at Miami Spine Clinic, call or book online now.