The lucent cleft, a new radiographic sign of cervical disc injury or disease

Ralph D. Reymond, Paul S. Wheeler, Milos Perovic, Brian Block

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Moderately severe neck injury or disease may be associated with negative routine radiographs. Three cases are presented which show small, smooth, lucent clefts adjacent to the vertebral body end-plate anteriorly, seen only on the extension lateral view. This was the only radiographic sign of cervical injury or disease. An explanation of the finding is given and it is distinguished from the well known vacuum phenomena of disc degeneration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-192
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Radiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1972


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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