A prospective validation of biplanar ultrasound imaging for C5-C6 cervical medial branch blocks.

@article{Finlayson2014APV,
  title={A prospective validation of biplanar ultrasound imaging for C5-C6 cervical medial branch blocks.},
  author={Roderick J. Finlayson and John-Paul B Etheridge and Worakamol Tiyaprasertkul and Bill Nelems and De Q H Tran},
  journal={Regional anesthesia and pain medicine},
  year={2014},
  volume={39 2},
  pages={160-3}
}
BACKGROUND Ultrasound (US) guidance offers an alternative to fluoroscopy for medial branch blocks of the upper cervical spine, but it may be less accurate for blocks at the C5 and C6 levels. We hypothesized that a modified technique using biplanar US imaging would facilitate level identification and provide greater accuracy for the lower cervical spine. METHODS Forty patients with chronic neck pain underwent US-guided blocks of the C5 and C6 medial branches. For each level, 0.3 mL of a local… CONTINUE READING