Digital Motion X-Ray (DMX) is utilized to dynamically assess musculoskeletal structures by capturing articular motion during a dynamic range. This diagnostic tool enables motion analysis to quantify spinal pathologies, post surgical malpractices, and, above all, ligamentous instability in specific spinal regions. These instabilities are viewed by excessive translation of bones due to ligament sub-failure (plastic deformation) through digital motion radiography at 30 frames per second. First, we document, objectively, the biomechanics of each specific vertebral joint in relation to the adjacent structures. Second, we translate that instability to a measurable impairment according to the 5th Edition of the AMA guidelines.

Most pain is associated with movement or a specific motion which affects our active daily living (ADL). Since, pain is coupled with motion, our static films will not fully, nor accurately diagnose the hypermobility of the vertebral joints in question. Especially, when MRIs are negative and these cases are labeled “soft tissue” injury with no concrete evidence or palpable impairment to utilize in demands. Now, we can harness this technology and couple digital motion radiography with digitization of x-rays to specifically analyze them for impairment ratings at the spine’s worst translation.

MRIs only diagnose disc derangement and the upper 30% of the neck does not contain discs, only ligaments. Therefore, MRIs fail to diagnose any injury or ligamentous damage to this area of the neck. We all know the majority of MVA patients are diagnosed with headaches, TMJ dysfunction, posterior neck pain, and radicular symptoms. This diagnostic procedure will evaluate all 22 ligaments of the neck and the instability will be tangibly measured through the 5th Edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

2,700 X-Rays
can be produced
from one DMX