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Introducti on and History of Full Spine X-rays

Full-spine X-rays are a unique part of chiropractic's history. From the initial introduction of X-ray into chiropractic, full-spine X-rays have been a tool used almost exclusively by chiropractors. Unfortunately, over the years,  fewer chiropractors are incorporating this procedure into their practice, and most students aren't even taught the technique, analysis or advantages of full-spine X-ray.

Benefits of Full Spine X-Rays

Today, the quality and ease-of-use of full-spine films is comparable to most other films and have been the recommended  type of X-rays to doctors and students for years. These types of films give additional information that is unavailable in standard sectional images, and they are a great patient educational tool for explaining the chiropractic approach to care.  With the new, more accurate and efficient X-ray machines, full-spine X-rays are easier and of better quality than ever before.

Neurometer (Sensory Nerve Conduction Threshold- SNCT Testing

What is it?

The SNCT test is a diagnostic procedure used to measure the condition of your nerves.  The test is painless and does not involve needles.  You will be given a very small electrical stimulus that will determine the lowest level (or threshold) of stimulus you can feel.

Why test my nerves?

The best way to determine the condition of your nerves is through the SNCT test.  This gives Dr. Khoury valuable information about the health of your nerves.  Certain disease states and other conditions can impair nerver function which may result in damage to the nerves.  Accurate timely diagnosis of pathology at the earliest stages is preferale, improving the prognosis and reducing the cost of treating advanced stages of pathology.  The distribution of sensory abnormalities distinguishes different neuropathological condtions such as polyneuropathy, radiculopathy, compressive neuropathy, and peripheral nerve lestions.

What will Dr. Khoury do with the test results?

Dr. Khoury will gain valuable infromation from this test which will help to determine the appropriate treatment for your condition.  Your test results reported as Current Perception Threshold (CPT) values will be compared to the normal values.

Is the SNCT test painful or dangerous?

No, the SNCT test is neither painful nor dangerous.  There are no needles involved and the electrical stimulus is very low.  As soon as you feel a sensation the stimulus is stopped.

How is the test conducted?

The SNCT test is performed by a trained technician or doctor at Cecil Chiropractic.  A pair of small gold plated electrodes are taped to your skin at different sites on your body.  Dr. Khoury slowly increases the intensity of the stimulus until you report feeling a sensation at the electrode site.  Your part in the test is to inform Dr. Khoury when you feel the stimulus.  You will be given a series of tests in order to find the least amount of stimulus you can feel.  This will include levels of stimulus at and below where you can feel it.  Before beginning the SNCT test, Dr. Khoury will explain the procedure to you and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the test.

How long will the test take?

The usual time to complete a test is 30-45 minutes, although repeat tests generally go more rapidly.  Your comfort and convenience are most important to Dr. Khoury and he will ensure that the test is administered as quicky as possible.

How often will the test be performed?

Dr. Khoury will determine how often the SCNT test will be repeated.  This will depend on your condition.


December 12, 2004


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