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About Your Neck
The neck is a complex part of the human anatomy. Many parts of the neck must function properly to have the flexibility and comfort to move in 6 directions. Learning about the parts of the neck and the purpose of each can shed light on neck problems and what causes them.
Anatomy of the Neck (Click to Enlarge)
The vertebrae (bones) in the neck form the top part of the spinal column (backbone) and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body.
The neck consists of joints, ligaments, nerves, tendons, and muscles. The neck muscles move in tandem with other muscles in the upper body, including the back, shoulders, and chest. Maintaining strength and flexibility in these muscles helps to prevents stiffness and weakness in the neck.
The structure of the neck includes:
Seven bones, called the cervical vertebrae, located at the top of the spine (backbone)
Disks, which are spongy padding between the vertebrae. These absorb shock from daily movement, exercise, and accidents.
Facets, or the joints between the vertebrae. Each vertebra has 2 sets of facet joints — 1 pair facing upward, and 1 pair facing downward. Facet joints occur on the back (posterior) side of the spine.
Ligaments, which connect the vertebrae to each other and stabilize the cervical spine
Muscles, which support the spine and provide movement of the head
Foramina, which are spaces between vertebrae that provide an opening for the nerves leaving the spine and going out to the various parts of the body
The first of two in Broward County!
Broward Health Weston is the first healthcare facility in Broward County and one of the first in the country to install the Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ 128 Multi-Slice CT scanner. It's the world's first CT Scanner to adapt to virtually every patient and clinical need and provides imaging for most types of diagnostic exams, including vessel imaging, cardiac tests and cancer staging.
The 128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner is capable of all routine diagnostic work as well as advanced examinations in cardiology, neurology and oncology. It is also suited for emergency situations like accidents, strokes or heart attacks requiring speedy diagnosis. Even difficult patients – obese, trauma and children – are quickly scanned with high diagnostic confidence.
The 128 provides full coverage of any organ in 4D. The speed of the scanner is faster than the beat of a human heart, which in turn produces spectacular images - providing patients with an accurate, speedy diagnosis. Plus, in many cases it eliminates the need for follow-up tests. This CT also offers safer procedures, providing each person with significant radiation protection, setting a new benchmark in lowering the radiation exposure to the patient.
The Somatom Definition AS+ will join Broward Health Weston’s other diagnostic imaging services that include 3D/4D ultrasound, digital mammography, digital bone densitometry, MRI and breast MRI.
The 128 is located in the Diagnostic Imaging Center at BHW which is open seven days a week. The average scan takes approximately 3 to 15 minutes, depending on how much of the body needs to be imaged. Turn around time on diagnostic reports is less than 24 hours.
For more information, call 954-217-3300.