In April 2017, The Chiropractic Choice, the digital magazine of the International Chiropractors Association, published an article by Dr. Julie Mayer Hunt on her observations of the craniocervical junction using upright MRI. The article has received many positive reviews and been reprinted in several newsletters and magazines as it is an observation that could have an impact on the evaluation and treatment of patients with craniocervical junction disorders.
In her article Dr. Hunt explains what standard MRI does not observe and how performing imaging in an upright posture can reveal significantly different parameters. She also includes images that show the difference between a recumbent MRI and an upright MRI of a patient presenting with neck pain, headaches, brain fog and occasional dizziness.
Dr Hunt concludes that much more needs to be studied and understood to optimize brain health. However, upright MRI imaging is a platform that potentially could allow neurologists, neuroradiologists and other medical specialties to work with CCJ procedure specialists to benefit patients. Also, understanding the complexities of the CCJ should compel all health practitioners to study further and understand how to optimize the function of this complex joint region of the body. The article may be accessed at www.icachoice.com