Here are the top 3 reasons why your doctor needs x-rays.
2. X-rays are recommended in older patients-- for example, to help detect the probability of osteoporosis—as well as in patients with a history of certain types of arthritis or tumors.
3. X-rays will help your doctor determine the necessary course of treatment. An x-ray will help answer questions such as "How long will it take for me to recover?" and "What is causing my pain?" Your x-ray may reveal if some underlying conditions might interfere with your treatment.
Your doctor will order only those x-rays that are absolutely necessary for your condition. He or she will do everything possible to protect your body from unnecessary radiation, using lead shields and aluminum filters when appropriate.
Your doctor will inform you of the results of your x-rays, history and physical examination as soon as possible, usually by the next day. Don’t hesitate to ask questions during your examination and treatment. Your safety, comfort, and concerns are of paramount importance to your doctor. As with most medical procedures, x-rays are safe tool when used with care. Your doctor has been trained to use the minimum amount of radiation necessary to obtain the needed results. The amount of radiation used in most examinations is very small and the benefits greatly outweigh the risk of harm.
If your x-rays don't explain the full reason for your pain, you may need to have an MRI of the region to provider more answers. Other imaging includes Digital Motion X-ray for trauma cases.