Lateral Radiograph of the Cervical Spine

By now the lateral radiograph of the cervical spine is ready for inspection. The trauma surgeons and the anesthesiologist want to know how careful they have to be during repositioning of the patient and whether the stiff collar can be taken off. The radiograph of the cervical spine is always difficult to evaluate and any mistakes can be fatal.

f Twenty percent of all polytraumatized patients have an i injury of the cervical spine, a dislocation injury (particularly in deceleration trauma), or a compression injury due to extreme axial loading forces impacting vertebral bodies in the longitudinal direction. It is therefore crucial to check the cervical spine with great care. Definition, outline of all vertebral bodies, and posterior elements and their alignment must be smooth and harmonic!

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