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Spinal injuries: Surgical or non Surgical


2:00 PM- 3:30 PM


Frederick A. Mann, O. Clark West, and Wayne Scott Kubal

Code: RC108


This session includes three sections; the first is Craniocervical Region, which discusses the common blunt force injuries. Attendees will learn the injuries that are commonly missed in evaluation of craniocerical junction injuries, and what to do about it. The second section, Lower Cervical Region, is analyzing MDCT of lower cervical spine in 3 planes employing an efficient, systematic pattern approach.  Attendees will lean to classify lower cervical spine injuries into morphological patterns using the new Subaxial Cervical Spine Injury Classification System (SLIC). The third section is Thoracic and Lumbar Region, which discusses, with clinical colleagues, the optimal use of radiography, CT, and MRI to assess thoraco-lumbar spine (TLS) injury in the context of a busy ER practice. Attendees will understand the patterns of injury most commonly encountered in the TLS. They will also recognize CT and MR typical findings of TLS injury. This section will apply the knowledge of TLS injury patterns and the imaging findings to determine spinal stability in the acutely injured patient.



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