A recent study evaluated the degree to which chiropractic teaching clinics adhered to appropriate radiography (x-ray) practice guidelines for low back pain. In screening more than 1,200 consecutive patients presenting with a new episode of low back pain at a chiropractic college's out-patient teaching clinics, information was collected to determine if proper accepted practice guidelines were followed in the decision to take x-rays. According to the researchers, "The results suggest a strong adherence to radiography guidelines for patients with a new episode of low back pain who presented to chiropractic teaching clinics."
Source: Spine. 32(22):2509-2514, October 15, 2007.