Spinal Fracture Testing and Diagnosis

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Your child's physician will make a diagnosis with physical examination and diagnostic tests. During the examination the physician obtains a complete medical history of your child and asks how the injury occurred.

Diagnostic procedures include:

•   X-rays - a diagnostic test, which uses invisible electromagnetic energy,
    beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
    This test is used to measure and evaluate the curve.

•   Computerized tomography scan (Also called a CT or CAT scan.) - a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses
    a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called "slices"),
    both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including
    the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays and may help the doctor
    determine what type of fracture your child has.

•   Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets,
    radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. This
    test is done to rule out any associated abnormalities

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