Cervical spine radiograph (checklist)

Last revised by Dr Sonam Vadera on 24 Nov 2021

The cervical spine checklist is just one of the many pathology checklists that can be used when reporting to ensure that you always actively exclude pathology that is commonly missed; this is particularly helpful in the examination setting, e.g. the FRCR 2B rapid-reporting.

Radiograph

Although superseded by CT in many acute situations, the cervical spine is commonplace in an exam setting will have been primarily performed because of a history of trauma and/ or pain.

Alignment
Vertebral bodies
Posterior elements
Intervertebral discs/ endplates
Pre-vertebral soft tissues
Chest 

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