When using a 14 x 17 inch (35 x 43 cm) cassette for a lumbosacral spine examination, center it at the level of the iliac crest (L4-L5).
What is the centering for lateral view of lumbar spine?
Lumbar Spine Lateral Supine
The midsagittal plane is centered to the middle of the grid. The hips and shoulders are in the same plane horizontally. The elbows are flexed and the hands are placed on the upper chest to remove the forearms from the exposure field.
What are the 3 levels of the spine?
The spine has three normal curves: cervical, thoracic and lumbar. There are seven cervical vertebrae in the neck, 12 thoracic vertebrae in the torso and five lumbar vertebrae in the lower back.
Which vertebra is connected directly to head?
The first vertebra (C1) is the ring-shaped atlas that connects directly to the skull. This joint allows for the nodding or “yes” motion of the head. The second vertebra (C2) is the peg-shaped axis, which has a projection called the odontoid, that the atlas pivots around.
What part of spine is most prone to injury?
Understandably, the lumbar spine is the most commonly injured region of the spinal column. The lowest portion of the spine, the part that is connected to the pelvis, is called the sacrum.
What part of the spine controls what part of the body?
The nerves of the cervical spine go to the upper chest and arms. The nerves in your thoracic spine go to your chest and abdomen. The nerves of the lumbar spine then reach to your legs, bowel, and bladder. These nerves coordinate and control all the body’s organs and parts, and let you control your muscles.
What is the correct position of the Scottie dogs in the oblique position for lumbar spine exam?
Both sides should be examined for comparison. When the patient has been properly positioned in a 30°-45° oblique position, the articular process and facet joints have the appearance of “Scottie dogs.”
Is lumbar part of spine?
The lumbar region of the spine, more commonly known as the lower back, consists of five vertebrae labeled L1 through L5. The lumbar region is situated between the thoracic, or chest, region of the spine, and the sacrum.