Cervical Spine Imaging in Alert and Stable Trauma Patients

Christoph I. Lee

in 50 Imaging Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780190223700
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190223731 | DOI:

Series: Fifty Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Cervical Spine Imaging in Alert and Stable Trauma Patients

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This chapter, found in the back pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study validating the Canadian C-spine rule for imaging the cervical spine in alert and stable trauma patients. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study shows that the Canadian C-Spine Rule may be able to identify a large group of alert and stable adult trauma patients for whom cervical spine imaging is unnecessary. It may also help to standardize the appropriate use of cervical spine imaging in the emergency department. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

Chapter.  1343 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Primary Care ; Clinical Radiology

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