Imaging in Degenerative Cervical Conditions

This spine surgery lecture discusses the imaging in degenerative cervical conditions. It explains what imaging modalities are available for the diagnosis of degeneration in the cervical spine, their indications and limitations, along with relevant examples.

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Lecturer: Alberto Zerbi, MD


  • Online Lecture Presentation
  • Pre- and Post- Learning Assessments
  • Additional Learning Materials (Standard Package only)
  • Up to 3 CME Credits

Ref.ID: 2_4_zerbi

DOI: 10.28962/01.3.025

What you will cover in this lecture

This spine surgery lecture covers imaging in degenerative cervical spine conditions. It concerns the various imaging modalities available, and their role in the management of patients with a degenerative cervical spine. Standard X-rays and special views are described with relevant examples. The role of MRI is discussed in detail regarding the pathologies encountered in degenerative disorders. CT scan indications are described and strategies to lower the radiation dose are described also. The side by side comparison of the images of pathology observed using MRI and CT is shown pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of each modality. Finally, five clinical cases are presented with the pathological areas carefully marked and findings described in detail to help better understand the appearance of the pathology on imaging studies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Different imaging modalities possible for assessing the cervical spine
  2. Differentiate between soft and hard disc herniation
  3. Description of cervical disc herniation, osteophytes, cord and roots impingement with CT and MR
  4. Dynamic stenosis and positional cord impingement
  5. Imaging flow chart

Target Groups

Practicing Spine Surgeons

in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification

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Prof Alberto Zerbi - Spine Surgery Faculty - eccElearning

Hayati Aygün, Prof.

  • President of the Turkey Unilateral Bi Portal Endoscopic Spine Surgery Society
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Spine Surgery Lecture Author
  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery Classifications
  • UBE Disc Surgery
  • UBE Lumbar Stenosis Surgery
  • UBE Cervical Surgery
  • UBE Thoracic Surgery
  • UBE Paravertebral Approach

Lecture Presentation

Degenerative Disorders of the Cervical Spine


  • Online Lecture Presentation
  • Pre- and Post- Learning Assessments
  • Additional Learning Materials (Standard Package only)
  • Up to 3 CME Credits

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an eccElearning Lecture like?

A: Each Lecture includes the Lecture Presentation, Additional Learning Resources, Pre-Learning Quiz and Lecture Assessment.

Each Spine Surgery Lecture is viewed online in video format and lasts from 20-45 minutes. The Lectures contain relevant additional learning resources (book chapters, research papers, surgical videos, master lecture videos, case reports, review articles, etc.), which are presented in context and viewable immediately for your convenience.

Lecture 5.1 is an invited Master Lecture and does not include the Quiz and Assessment components.

Q: How much time will a Lecture take?

A: Lecture presentations typically take 20-45 minutes to run. However, candidates are required to review the compulsory and recommended additional learning resources contained within the Lecture. The time taken to view the Lecture and review the additional resources is in the range 3-4 hours per Lecture.

Q: What kind of credits do I get from the Lecture?

A: Each Spine Surgery Lecture can confer up to 3 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, certified by European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). The CME credits are awarded to the candidate on successful completion of the online Lecture. The number awarded depend on the number of additional learning materials available in a Lecture - premium versions of the Diploma and Modules include more material for each lecture, so confer more CME Credits.

Q: What payment methods are accepted?

A: All major credit and debit cards.

Q: What are CME Credits?

A: CME stands for Continuing Medical Education. You are awarded CME Credits for undertaking an approved course of medical education. Each Lecture that you complete successfully adds to your CME Credits total. All Lectures provided by eccElearning are accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), of the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). You can print out your Certificate of CME Credits after the completion of any Course or Lecture.

Q: What do I do if I fail a Lecture Assessment?

A: You are permitted to retake a Lecture Assessment up to two times. The Lecture Assessment will be made available to you again 14 days after a failed attempt. If you’ve failed the Lecture Assessment three times, please get in contact with us to discuss your options.

Q: What courses does eccElearning provide?

A: We have the Diploma in Spine Surgery with Modules individually purchasable, and Spine Surgery Specialist Certificates in Radiology and Physiotherapy.