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Imaging Tests for Back Pain (ACP)

Campaign Series: High Value Care
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American College of Physicians
Format: HTML, PDF, Video
Most recent update: 04/19/2012
Back pain can be excruciating. So it seems that getting an X-ray, CT scan or MRI to find the cause would be a good idea. But that's usually not the case, at least at first. Most people with lower-back pain feel better in about a month—whether they get an imaging test or not.