Table 3

MRI and FE radiography results requiring surgical intervention

NSurgical intervention
MRI normal530
MRI abnormal557
FE normal553
FE abnormal123
Only MRI411
MRI normal, FE normal340
MRI abnormal, FE abnormal93
MRI normal, FE abnormal30
MRI abnormal, FE normal213
  • Distribution of n=108 patients by findings on MRI and/or FE radiography. The number of patients requiring surgical intervention for cervical spine stabilization was recorded for each subgroup. An “Abnormal” result was defined as a bony and/or ligamentous injury detected on imaging.

  • FE, flexion-extension.