Dr. Sasha Blaskovich, Chiropractor at the Whiplash Clinic in Langley went through a similar situation himself. After suffering for seven years with spinal whiplash and having no explanation as to the source of his pain, Dr. Blaskovich stumbled upon equipment that puts a new twist on an old technology: videofluoroscopy, a device that takes video x-ray images of the spine and joints of the body while in motion. Video x-ray, more formally known as videofluoroscopy is proven to be an effective tool in the diagnosis of injuries and instability in joints. In fact, it helped Dr. Blaskovich to better understand his injury and struggles with whiplash.
Static (or motionless) x-rays can sometimes give the appearance of perfect anatomy, dismissing the patient's symptoms and complaints of pain. A video x-ray allows the doctor to watch and measure the anatomy as it performs under weight bearing movement, when you may actually experience the pain. For some patients this can greatly increase the chance for a more accurate diagnosis, such as instability in the neck and spine. This type of technology is helping patients find answers to the question of what is responsible for their pain, something that may have eluded them for years.
The question of safety does arise when discussing videofluroscopy. One video x-ray can take up to 2700 still images, however, the radiation dose is rarely more than what a patient would experience with a set of six traditional still x-ray images. To put things in perspective, an average CT scan gives off radiation equivalent to 500 still x-ray images, a far greater dose yet often ignored, and is used on a daily basis for routine imaging.
Despite the effectiveness and safety of videofluroscopy, the technology is not widely used. As we continue to promote the benefits and access to weight bearing, dynamic imaging equipment to health professionals and the public, we hope to see the uptake increase. The importance and simple logic of the use of motion imaging ultimately benefits healthcare outcomes for everyone.