X-ray - neck; Cervical spine x-ray; Lateral neck x-ray
What the risks are
There is low radiation exposure. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. Most experts feel that the risk is low compared with the benefits. Pregnant women and children are more sensitive to the risks of the x-ray.
Other tests, such as MRI, may be used to look for disk or nerve problems.