To learn the suggested technique for cervical spine ultrasound scanning. To get familiar with the normal ultrasound anatomy structures of the cervical spine and to recognize most common anatomical variants. To analyze possible applications of ultrasound in spinal procedures.
Fluoroscopy is the standard imaging technique employed in spine interventions.
Computed tomography (CT) isalso largely used as an alternative guidance technique in cervical spine. Due to its high spatial resolution and the lack of ionizing radiations,
ultrasound (US) is gaining strong interest in spinal intervention.
most of professionals performing spinal injections are unfamiliar with US imaging of the spine and have no or little experience in its application.
Findings and procedure details
EQUIPMENT AND TECHNIQUE Cervical spine is a superficially structure that can be examined with ultrasound.
Multifrequencies probes (use to be frequencies between 7 and 14 Mhz) allow to explore the cervical spine with high spatial resolution and sufficient penetration through the paravertebral tissue.
Although the bone cannot be evaluated due to its strong ultrasound beam reflection,
the cortical profile appears as a hyperechoic line with posterior acoustic shadowing Superficial landmarks can...
Cervical spine ultrasound is a simple,
non-invasive and low cost method to guide interventional procedures.
Identifying normal anatomy,
variants and adequate scanning technique will assess spinal interventionalists to utilize ultrasound in interventional spine procedures,
without exposing patients and personnel to radiation.
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