-- Question: Can Damaged Nerves Be Seen On An X-Ray?
Answer: Damaged nerves cannot be seen on a regular X-ray. They can be seen on CAT scan or MRI, and in fact, MRI is recommended for examining details of the spinal cord. For example, MRI can demonstrate tumors of the spinal cord and nerves that extend from the spinal cord called nerve roots.
In general, MRI is more useful for examining nerves and a CAT scan is better for evaluating bone.