Radiographs, (X-rays) are often ordered and taken on patients to give the doctor an inside look at what is going on with the bone structure of the entire spine and surrounding skeletal structure. X-rays in our office are taken in a weight-bearing position (standing or sitting) to more accurately show the biomechanical stress on the spine. From these x-ray studies, the doctor can tell your current spine angles as well as any potential further issues including the potential need for additional special testing such as an MRI or CT scan. Orders for other special tests or x-rays of the extremities can be referred out to nearby facilities and coordinated as needed. In the case of auto accidents and work injuries, it is common for special radiographic views of the neck and the low back can be taken to assess specific injuries that can occur with acceleration/deceleration type injuries (whiplash injuries).