Triathlete comes to Abrams Landau for help with back and neck injury case – DMX (digital motion x-ray) may help show injuries to the spine
When a sidelined Ironman calibre athlete came to us recently, we were unable to take the case without objective proof of her physical injuries. One method of determining the nature and extent of long term injury is through the use of DMX. DMX stands for Digital Motion X-Ray. DMX was effectively used by the doctors in Charlottesville in the Elliott “police assisted suicide” case to show that there was a piece of vertebral bone that would strike the patient’s spinal cord when he moved to one side. This sickle-shaped bone fragment was not discerned on regular x-rays and had not been caught by the spinal surgeon who performed the vertebroplasty on my client.
While MRI, CT imaging, Myelogram and radiographs all have their place and uses, connective tissue injuries to the spine are not well demonstrated by any of these diagnostic studies.
.Ligamentous or “soft tissue” injuries of the spine can be painful, cause chronic conditions and are often un/under-diagnosed. DMX uses digital and optic technology that allow the doctors to view the joints in real time motion. And, the doctor can also see the patient’s face and “exterior” body in motion at the same time. I have seen such technology in use in Charlottesville, VIrginia, I have used this film as evidence in a death case and I am also advised that the Loudoun Spine & Sports Care (www.getoutofpain.com /imaging_dmx.php) has the ability to perform such diagnostic testing.