Recommendations for evaluation of the acutely injured cervical spine: a clinical radiologic algorithm

Ann Emerg Med. 1980 Aug;9(8):422-8. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(80)80156-9.


A clinical radiologic algorithm is presented for the evaluation of the acutely injured cervical spine. Available radiologic techniques are described. An attempt is made to match the clinical indicators of injury to the appropriate level of radiologic investigation, thus maximizing the efficacy of the work-up.

MeSH terms

  • Cervical Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Methods
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed