Cervical spine swimmer’s lateral view

Clinical indication:

Fracture, trauma

Region:

C7/T1 junction

Patient’s Position:

The patient may erect or supine depending on the case

The cassette is placed parallel to the long axis of the cervical spine

The arm closer to the detector is placed on the patient’s head

The other arm is placed by patient’s side, as posterior as possible

Cassette:

Size: 10’’x12’’ Orientation: Landscape

FFD/SID:

100cm

Central ray:

The central ray projected 2.5cm above the jugular notch at the T1 level

Grid:

Yes

Respiration:

Suspended expiration

Exposure factors:

80-90kVp 120-150mAs

Collimation:

Collimate superior to C1 inferior to T3 anterior to the extent of vertebral bodies and posterior to spinous process

Cervical spine swimmer’s lateral view

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