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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-9

Anatomic, functional, and radiographic review of the ligaments of the craniocervical junction

1 Department of Neuroradiology, University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, FL, USA
2 Department of Anesthesia, University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, FL, USA
3 Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, FL, USA

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Erik Soule
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DOI: 10.4103/jcvjs.jcvjs_209_20

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The craniocervical junction (CCJ) is a complex and unique osteoligamentous structure that balances maximum stability and protection of vital neurovascular anatomy with ample mobility and range of motion. With the increasing utilization and improved resolution of cervical magnetic resonance imaging, craniocervical injury is being more accurately defined as a spectrum of injury that ranges in severity from overt craniocervical disassociation to isolated injuries of one more of the craniocervical ligaments, which may also lead to craniocervical instability. Thus, it is vital for the radiologist and neurosurgeon to have a thorough understanding of the imaging anatomy and function of the CCJ.

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