Different views are commonly used in Cervical Spine MRI scans to provide images showing different details of the anatomy of the cervical spine.
The sagittal view is the view from the side of the neck.
The axial view is the view of the neck from above or below.
The coronal view is the view of the neck from the front or back.
Different Image Types
Different image types are used to highlight different elements within the body.
T1 weighted images can be identified as ‘fat based images’, as they emphasise body fat in tissues. They are also used to highlight anatomical detail.
In Cervical Spine studies, T1 weighted images are typically performed in sagittal views.
T2 Weighted images can be identified as ‘water based images’. These are used to emphasise water in tissues such as inflammation which is common in many pathology and injury processes.
In Cervical Spine Studies, T2 weighted images are typically performed in sagittal and coronal views.
3D Hyce images are generally used to create a more accurate 3-dimensional image set of the region being scanned. This is important when finer anatomical detail is needed.
In Cervical Spine studies, the 3D Hyce sequence is typically performed in an axial view.