Diagnostic Highlights

Test

Normal Result

Abnormality with Condition

Explanation

Radiologic examination: chest, pelvis, lateral cervical (all cervical vertebrae including C7-T1junction) spine x-rays

Normal bone, joint, and soft tissue structure

Dislocations and subluxations; assessment of fractures or dislocations should include 2 views (90 degrees to each other, and of affected area with joints above and below)

If the patient is unconscious, spinal and pelvic injuries need to be ruled out

Other Tests: Supporting tests include CT scan, MRI, and ultrasound

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