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The X Factor

Loralei McLeod was in a car accident at age 16, and for about nine months she'd complained of neck and backaches, but doctors she and her mother visited couldn't find anything.

Loralei says, "I was actually told that it was all in my head and that there was no pain. It was just something I was imagining, it was just nothing."

She later learned her neck was broken.

"Shock, complete shock, like, oh my God. I think my mom started crying."

McLeod says it was a machine that helped her pinpoint the problem. Dr. Dennis Fiorini, a local chiropractor, says the Digital Motion X-ray, or DMX, is a big asset to his patients.

Dr. Dennis Fiorini says, "They feel the most pain when they are moving, and so if we take an exam from a flat-film x-ray or MRI and they are not moving, it may not show what the problem is."

It's a sharp contrast from the old fashioned x-ray method. With a price tag of $90,000, this machine scans 30 x-rays per second.

Dennis says, "We can see if there is a gross abnormality and then we can say, yeah, that's where the injury is."

The DMX is a new twist to a diagnostic tool that has been used for more than a century.


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