Radiographic assessment

Timothy C. Ryken, Mark N. Hadley, Beverly C. Walters, Bizhan Aarabi, Sanjay S. Dhall, Daniel E. Gelb, R. John Hurlbert, Curtis J. Rozzelle, Nicholas Theodore

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Class I medical evidence was previously reported on this topic. The current updated review identified additional Class I evidence supporting a Level I recommendation that in the awake, asymptomatic patient who is without neck pain or tenderness, is neurologically intact without an injury detracting from an accurate evaluation, and who is able to complete a functional range of motion examination, radiographic evaluation of the cervical spine is not recommended. The discontinuance of cervical immobilization in this patient population is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-72
Number of pages19
Issue numberSUPPL.2
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Asymptomatic trauma patient
  • Cervical spinal trauma
  • Obtunded/unevaluable trauma patient
  • Radiographic assessment
  • Symptomatic trauma patient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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