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2022 Oct 01

J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev



Dynamic Radiographs in Assessing Stability of Cervical Spine Fractures: A Multicentre Study.


Thumbadoo R P, Herzog J, Bhamber N, Lupu C, Kwan K, Clarke A, Hutton M, Bernard J, Bishop T, Lui DF
J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2022 Oct 01; 6(10).
PMID: 36734645.


In the management of a trauma patient with cervical spine injury, the need for accurate diagnostic imaging is key to ensure correct management. Different classification systems have been developed including the Subaxial Injury Classification (SLIC) system and AO cervical spine fracture classification. Through a multicentre study, we have identified a group of cases where the use of CT alone to classify fractures by either SLIC or AO score may be deficient and the use of dynamic cervical spine radiographs could help identify instability.