Closed mouth odontoid AP view (Fuchs view)

Discussion:

The Fuchs view is an alternative way to image C1-C2 and the dens (odontoid process), instead of the much more common open mouth odontoid view.

The standard Fuchs view (diagram 1) should not be used in a trauma patient since one does not want to manipulate a potentially unstable cervical spine into position. In this situation a modified Fuchs view can be obtained (diagram 2). Instead of lifting the chin, the beam is angled ~35-40° upward and sent in just under the chin.

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