X-ray imaging provides a way for physicians to see static images of your body. A traditional X-ray exam uses tiny amounts of radiation to create still pictures of the human body. Although primarily used to visualize bones, including the spine and skull, X-ray is also useful for exams of soft tissues. X-ray is also used to guide access to joints during procedures.

Other uses of X-ray include:

  • Detecting structural problems within your inner ear
  • Checking spinal alignment to make sure that spinal fixation hardware is not loose or broken
  • Eliminating arthritis as a cause for neuromuscular disorders
  • Helping to diagnose:
    • Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS)
    • Failed back surgery syndrome
    • Dizziness
    • Neuromuscular disorders

Northwestern Medicine specialists are committed to safe and effective X-ray exposure using the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) philosophy and featuring new technologies that give you:

  • More enhanced images
  • More detailed images
  • Greater capacity
  • A more comfortable experience

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