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How can x-ray help diagnose a spinal cord injury?

Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicology

No, an x-ray cannot diagnose a spinal cord injury. X-rays are better at diagnosing bone injuries such as fractures or dislocations. A spinal cord injury is typically diagnosed with MRI. That said, x-rays demonstrating spinal fractures or dislocations may offer clues to the presences of a spinal cord injury.

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