X-ray (Radiography, plain film)
X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. For decades, diagnostic images have been created by passing small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the human body, capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on a photographic plate. Conventional radiography (x-ray) is a simple, quick and painless procedure. Since they highlight the bones, X-rays can be helpful in uncovering fractures, infections, spinal deformities or tumours, but they do not detect injuries to the soft tissue. During an X-ray, you will be asked to lie very still on a table and hold certain positions while photographs are taken of your spine. This is a simple procedure and relatively inexpensive.