The pictures are axial CT thin slices through the 7th cervical vertebra. It demonstrates a fracture with fragmentation in the body of the vertebra. This study was performed upon recommendation of the radiologist who viewed the plain films of this trauma patient. These pictures further emphasize the need for quality images of the entire cervical spine especially the atlas/axis junction, and the C7/T1 junction.
These 2D sagittal reconstructed images of the cervical spine are part of the routine imaging sequence for CT imaging of the cervical spine. In terms of our case study it demonstrates why CT is an added value to imaging the spine being that the fracture at C7 is well described.
The pictures are 2D coronal CT images of the cervical spine. They demonstrate well the contribution of CT imaging to the cervical spine. Again, the fracture of C7 is well visualized and described in many planes of the coronal slices.
This MRI study shows sagittal images of the cervical spine of our trauma case. The fracture and intrusion into the vertebral canal is well seen in these images
The MRI radiographs above of axial images (1-6) and sagittal images (7-12) are T2 weighted. They demonstrate the contributions of MR imaging cervical spine trauma diagnosis. The area of the fracture is shown to evaluate for spinal cord injury. MR imaging is not the gold standard for trauma c- spine imaging because most trauma support materials are still not nonferromagnetic.