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Atlantic Spine Center Chief Surgeon, Dr. Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD, Discusses the Evolution of Back Pain Treatment through More Precise Methods of Diagnostics
Date:8/30/2013

West Orange, NJ (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

At a spinal education seminar held this August, Dr. Kaixuan Liu discussed the need for more accurate diagnostics of back and neck injury causing acute and chronic pain. “Without an accurate diagnosis of the malady and its location, determining the possibility of a successful procedure would be a wild assumption.”

Often, diagnosing a patient’s condition is similar to detective work. You need to question the patient about how and when the pain started, look into their medical history, draw a few conclusions, and have the proper diagnostic tests performed to be certain of these.

Back pain diagnosis through imaging
X-rays, CT-Scans, and MRIs are the more common terms that are thrown around while discussing medical imaging, but what are they, and what purpose do each of them have in diagnosing back pain?

A projectional radiograph, also referred to as an x-ray, is used to determine if there is bone damage causing back or neck pain. Without an injection of dye, it is not able to accurately visualize nerves, and although it is great at locating cracks and breaks in bones, its ability to diagnose pain caused by other maladies is limited.

A CT Scan is an imaging device that takes multiple images or slices of a specific area in the body to create a two dimensional image of the area. Because of the dose of ionizing radiation is much greater than that of x-rays, repeated CT scans are limited to avoid adverse health effects.

MRI is an imaging
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