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Bony Landmarks

Trace the unbroken outline of each vertebrae (including Odontoid on C2). The vertebral bodies should line up with a gentle arch (normal cervical lordosis) using the anterior and posterior marginal lines on the lateral view. Each body should be rectangular in shape and roughly equal in size although some variability is allowed (overall height of C4 and C5 may be slightly less than C3 and C6) . The anterior height should roughly equal posterior height (posterior may normally be slightly greater, up to 3mm).

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