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Cervical spine injuries are uncommon in pediatric trauma
patients. Delayed or missed diagnosis is usually attributed to failure to suspect an injury to the cervical spine, or to inadequate cervical spine radiology and incorrect interpretation of radiographs. New imaging techniques have become available, but did not solve the problem, adding their own ‘baggage’, such as cost, availability, logistic difficulties, radiation dosage, lack of specificity and evidence of effectiveness or safety.