Medical Imaging Level C1: CT and MRI (Revision) – Radiological Anatomy Kenhub

There are many important structures at the 1st cervical vertebra level, such as muscles and bones that can be seen with CT and MRI. Watch the full video here to see what structures can be found at Level C1:

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In order to make a comprehensive diagnosis of spinal and spinal cord injuries, this is usually done by medical imaging, ie CT and MRI.

The head and neck area is without a doubt one of the most anatomically complex of the entire body. They are packed with anatomical details and present many structures that have very specific and intricate connections.

Medical imaging has long been an invaluable tool for describing these interrelationships, as well as diagnosing injuries and identifying conditions in the region.

In the full version of this guide, we will explore the many chapters done at C1 vertebra level using different imaging features. We will consider two different CT scans as well as a comparative MRI scan taken at a similar level. If you are not already familiar with these types of medical imaging, suffice it to say that CT and MRI are completely different imaging modalities that depend on completely different principles of imaging.

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Read more about cervical spine anatomy in this comprehensive article with a clinical note on disc herniation and spinal stenosis

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