Cervical Spine (Neck) CT Scan

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CT scan of the cervical spine (neck) showing a normal and a dislocated spine

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved.

The side view of the spine (figure 1) shows the normal position of the spinal bones. The spinal cord (not visible in this image) follows the path of the long white arrow. Figure 2 shows shifted spinal bones (short thick arrow) from a fracture that damaged the spinal cord. This person was paralyzed after being ejected during an automobile crash while not wearing a seat belt.

Current as of: December 8, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Howard B. Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology