Imaging Assessment of Cervical Spine Trauma in Adults

This micro skills course discusses cervical spine imaging and the assessment of craniocervical and cervical vertebral alignment. Common injury patterns resulting in cervical spine (C-spine) injury are also described in this micro skills course.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Radiologists

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Describe the radiographic, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) anatomy and alignment of the C-spine relevant to trauma
  3. Identify patterns of injury to the craniocervical junction on CT (cervical vertebrae 0 (C0), C1 and C2)
  4. Identify patterns of injury to the subaxial cervical spine on CT (C3-C7)
  5. Explain the role and limitations of various imaging modalities in C-spine trauma assessment
  6. Show understanding of up-to-date C-spine clearance guidelines

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
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