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Why X-rays?

Man getting an X-ray

Rather than lying down, we want X-ray views showing your body in a weight-bearing position.

Both visible light and X-rays consist of photon particles conveyed over electromagnetic energy. When carefully controlled, this energy can be used to reveal the internal structure of the body. We find these pictures quite helpful to:

  • Provide a structural record of your spine
  • Locate fractures or other signs of trauma
  • Identify evidence of long term spinal degeneration
  • Confirm other examination findings

Interestingly, X-rays were discovered soon after the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895.

Wilhelm Roentgen, a German physics professor, was experimenting with cathode ray tubes and discovered that an object across the room began to glow. Much to his surprise, when he placed his hand between the tube and the glowing barium screen, he was able to see the bones of his hand.

Wilhelm Roentgen

Wilhelm Roentgen won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901 for the discovery of the X-ray.