Use of an adjustable, transportable, radiolucent spinal immobilization device in the comprehensive management of cervical spine instability: Technical note

Gerald F. Tuite, Robert Veres, H. Alan Crockard, David Peterson, Richard D. Hayward

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Abstract

In this report the authors describe a device that consists of a transportable, radiolucent board that couples to a standard halo head ring. The board provides continuous cervical spine immobilization during all phases of acute medical treatment of cervical spine instability, including closed reduction, transport, radiographic imaging, and operative procedures. By combining the advantages of several existing systems, this immobilization device facilitates and improves the safety of comprehensive acute management of cervical spinal instability by eliminating the need for patient transfer from stretcher to radiography machine to operating table. Its radiolucent construction and its compatibility with standard operating tables allow unencumbered surgical access and ample room for biplanar fluoroscopy, thereby also facilitating operative procedures, particularly the placement of internal spinal fixation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1177-1180
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume85
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cervical spine
  • reduction
  • spinal fusion
  • spinal immobilization device
  • spinal stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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