Should I Get an X-Ray ? - Your ICBC Injury Claim
An x-ray is what you call a screening device. In other words, doctors use an x-ray to rule out a very obvious injury.
But what you need to understand about an x-ray is that it often doesn't show injuries to the neck, back or other parts of your body that are less obvious. So, its not unusual for an injury to your neck or back to show up on a CT scan or an MRI when an x-ray hasn't picked it up.
Now, a CT scan or MRI isn't something that's always appropriate right off the bat unless you're having extremely severe symptoms. More often then not, your family doctor is only going to consider sending you to an MRI or CT scan facility if you still having ongoing pain and disability after one would expect a whiplash type injury to have resolved.
In other words, your need for a CT scan or an MRI, has to fit with the level of pain and disability you're experiencing as well as the amount of time that has passed since your injury.
Quite frankly, our public medical system here in BC and the financial limitations it operates under can mean that you're not going to get a CT scan or MRI even when it's probably what you need to have in order for your injuries to be properly investigated.
And if that's the case, you should know that there are private companies, which your doctor can refer you to, that will provide you with a CT scan or MRI if you can make arrangements to pay for it.
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