Thoracic (Dorsal) Spine & Dorsolumbar Spine
THORACIC (DORSAL) SPINE
ROUTINE: AP, Lateral, and Swimmers view.
DISTANCE: AP and Lateral done at 44” – Swimmers done at 40”
FOCAL SPOT: Large
IMAGING PLATE: CR cassettes-14x17 AP & lateral/10x12 Swimmers
AP and lateral: Perpendicular to the film entering at the midline at the level of 3” inferior to the sternal notch.
- AP done on expiration. Breathing technique used on lateral.
- Bilateral obliques taken only upon request. Rotate patient 10o back and forward off of lateral position.
- Include C-1 on swimmers view.
ROUTINE: AP & Lateral spine from level of T6-7 to L4.
FOCAL SPOT: Large.
IMAGING PLATE: 14x17 CR cassettes.
AP & Lateral: Perpendicular to the cassette.
POSITIONING: The bottom of the 14x17 cassette is placed at the level of the iliac crests (L5 will not be included). A separate lumbar spine should be ordered if the entire lumbar spine is needed.