A thoracic spine x-ray is an
Vertebral radiography; X-ray - spine; Thoracic x-ray; Spine x-ray; Thoracic spine films; Back films
How the test is performed
The test is done in a hospital radiology department or in the health care provider’s office. You will lie on the x-ray table and will be asked to lay in different positions. If the x-ray is to determine an injury, care will be taken to prevent further injury.
The x-ray machine will be positioned over the thoracic area of the spine. You will hold your breath as the picture is taken, so that the picture will not be blurry. Usually 2 or 3 x-ray views are needed.
How to prepare for the test
Inform the health care provider if you are pregnant. Remove all jewelry.
How the test will feel
Th test causes no discomfort. The table may be cold.
Why the test is performed
The x-ray helps evaluate bone injuries, disease of the bone, tumors of the bone, or cartilage loss.
Review Date: 08/08/2009
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.