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The Digital Motion X-ray you are about to see is an extreme case of C1-C2 instability in a 47 year old female, who was involved in a rear impact, motor vehicle crash two year ago. She is still suffering with headaches, posterior neck pain and balance issues.


The patients' Attorney originally, was under the impression that static x-rays and static MRI’s were the way to diagnose spinal instability. She later discovered that the DMX technology was the way to prove spinal instability. The Attorney then had the DMX animated to demonstrate where the arteries and nerves were being compromised.

The gold standard for diagnosing spinal instability, post whiplash trauma, is with Digital Motion X-ray (DMX). (Diagnostic Accuracy of Videofluorscopy for Symptomatic Cervical Spine Injury Following Whiplash Trauma).


In the Open Mouth Lateral Bending view, the Digital Motion X-ray reveals severe spinal instability of C1 lateral mass sliding off the edge of C2. This demonstrates that there was severe tearing of the right and left Alar and Accessory ligaments.

Below you will see this extreme case of C1-C2 instability...

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