MRI assessment of the pre-vertebral soft tissues in acute cervical spine trauma.
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This pictorial review illustrates the MRI appearances of pre-vertebral haematoma in acute cervical spine trauma. The review is based on 31 patients who underwent MRI within 5 days of injury. MRI showed pre-vertebral haematoma in 24 cases; soft tissue thickening was detected on conventional radiographs in 14 cases. MRI is more sensitive than radiography for the detection of pre-vertebral haematoma.
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