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AP Neck Radiograph (X-Ray)

Summary:

  • The AP view of the cervical spine (i.e., "c-spine") is one of 3 primary views used to evaluate for the presence of a cervical fracture or subluxation after a traumatic injury involving the head and/or neck.

  • This page is dedicated to help you to learn the common anatomical landmarks and a process for how to read an AP neck x-ray.

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AP Neck Radiograph

    Radiographic AP Neck Image


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    AP Neck Xray Image 

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    How to Read

    When reading any radiograph the clinician should establish a process or order they follow each time.  While in no particular order, consider evaluating the following:

    • Do the spinous process appear midline and evenly spaced?
    • Do the heights of the vertebral bodies appear to be the same?
    • Are the disk spaces uniform in height?
    • Are all of the ucinate processes in proper locations and apparent symmetry?

     

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    Editors & Reviewers

    Editors:  Anthony J. Busti, MD, PharmD, FNLA, FAHA
    Last Updated:  June 2015