Emergency Radiology

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 61–63 | Cite as

Current role of lateral cervical spine radiograph: a case report

  • Bharti KhuranaEmail author
  • Michael Stella
  • M. Stephen Ledbetter
  • Jonathan D. Gates
  • Mitchel B. Harris
Case Report


We report a case showing the classic features of a Hangman’s cervical spine fracture following a motor vehicle collision. Because this injury was not diagnosed at ED presentation, this case also illustrates the select subset of trauma patients for whom the almost obsolete lateral cervical spine radiograph remains an important part of the radiographic trauma series.


Hangman’s fracture Cervical spine radiograph Trauma Computed tomography 


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© Am Soc Emergency Radiol 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bharti Khurana
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Stella
    • 1
  • M. Stephen Ledbetter
    • 1
  • Jonathan D. Gates
    • 2
  • Mitchel B. Harris
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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