n SA Journal of Radiology - Assessing cervical stability : a reminder : case report




Lateral views in flexion and extension are the recommended examination for assessing stability in the cervical spine and should be obtained in all patients in whom the need to exclude instability is clinically indicated. (They are not indicated in patients with clinically or radiographically unstable injuries.) The neck movements by the patient must be voluntary, and under no circumstances should an operator assist the patient with flexion or extension. The examination is also best carried out under the supervision of a radiologist or the attending doctor.


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