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. Chiropractors (and patients) find these pictures helpful in many cases because they:
- Provide a structural record of your spine
- Rule out cancer, disease or other pathologies
- Locate fractures or other signs of trauma
- Identify evidence of long term spinal decay
- 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.
From those crude beginnings over a century ago, both chiropractic and X-ray imaging have come a long way. Today, chiropractic X-ray equipment and operators are subject to the same licensing and instpection requirements as all other health care providers in our state.
But not all chiropractors use X-rays.