What radiographic views are commonly used to assess the cervical spinal region

Standard cervical spine views include: anteroposterior (AP) view (Fig. 10-1), lateral view (Fig. 10-2),right and left oblique views (Fig. 10-3), and open-mouth AP odontoid view (Fig. 10-4).

Figure 10-1. Normal anteroposterior cervical radiograph. The joints of Luschka are sharply defined and uniform (thin arrow). The spinous processes are midline and aligned (short thick arrow). The lateral margins of the articulating masses are smooth and undulating (long thick arrow). (From Schwartz AJ. Imaging of degenerative cervical disease. Spine State Art Rev 2000;14:545-69, with permission.)

Figure 10-1. Normal anteroposterior cervical radiograph. The joints of Luschka are sharply defined and uniform (thin arrow). The spinous processes are midline and aligned (short thick arrow). The lateral margins of the articulating masses are smooth and undulating (long thick arrow). (From Schwartz AJ. Imaging of degenerative cervical disease. Spine State Art Rev 2000;14:545-69, with permission.)

Figure 10-2. Normal lateral cervical radiograph. All cervical vertebra and the superior aspect of T1 are visualized. Four parallel lines used for assessment of alignment are drawn: A. anterior vertebral; B. posterior vertebral; C. spinolaminar; D. posterior spinous process. The atlantodens interval is within normal limits. (From Pretorious ES, Solomon JA, editors. Radiology Secrets. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2006.)

Figure 10-2. Normal lateral cervical radiograph. All cervical vertebra and the superior aspect of T1 are visualized. Four parallel lines used for assessment of alignment are drawn: A. anterior vertebral; B. posterior vertebral; C. spinolaminar; D. posterior spinous process. The atlantodens interval is within normal limits. (From Pretorious ES, Solomon JA, editors. Radiology Secrets. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2006.)

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