Tutorial 3: Spinal Trauma
In the emergency setting, accurate clinical assessment in combination with appropriate imaging is key to the identification of patients with or at risk of neurological deficit. This chapter aims to familiarise students with the role of imaging for patients with spinal trauma. The primary concern with any spinal injury is not the vertebral column but the closely related neurological elements: the spinal cord, nerve roots and cauda equina. It is important that students understand the basic concepts of imaging in the context of the clinical examination. After completion of this tutorial students should be able to describe the key imaging features of typical patterns of spinal injury.