DMX Imaging Identifies Hidden Car Accident Injuries Missed by Traditional X-rays and MRIs

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Frequently Asked Questions About DMX

What is DMX?

Digital Motion X-Ray (DMX) is a revolutionary x-ray system, coupled with new digital and optic technology, that allows clinicians to view the upper (neck) middle (thoracic) and lower (lumbar) spine on a video monitor while the patient moves. In effect, DMX creates an x-ray movie of real-time motion at the speed of 30 x-rays per second. The procedure is performed with the patient standing and actively moving or sitting and actively moving, depending on which part of the spine is being studied.

In a single frame of a DMX x-ray of the neck shown below, you can detect a variety of injuries that are causing a car accident victim so much pain such as:

  • Interspinous ligament tear (which won’t show up on a standard x-ray, MRI or CT scan)
  • Compression fracture in the C-5 vertebra
  • Slipping of the C-4 vertebra onto the C-5 vertebra (known as anterolisthesis)
  • 25-degree angular motion of C-4 vertebra on C-5 vertebra
  • “Picture in Picture” Inset for patient identification

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Single Frame of a Motion X-Ray

Single Frame of a Motion X-Ray

How does DMX imaging benefit patients, doctors and attorneys?

  • Car accident victims with undiagnosed symptoms finally know what’s causing their chronic pain and headaches. They can finally get the proper treatment and a bigger settlement with their insurance company. Read more…DMX Helps Patients Heal Faster [Link to the landing page]
  • Doctors have a cutting-edge test to accurate diagnose patients’ ligament damage, soft-tissue injuries and joint dysfunction. They can provide better treatment for better patient outcomes. Read more…DMX Helps Doctors Diagnose Hidden Injuries [Link to the landing page]
  • Attorneys have clear, indisputable Proof of Injury that wins bigger settlements in court for their clients. Read more… DMX Helps Attorneys Win Proper Settlements for Clients

How safe is DMX radiation exposure?

The DMX system is able to produce 2,700 x-ray images with the same amount of radiation as a standard x-ray machine which gives you 6 static x-rays.

Doesn’t a flexion-extension x-ray show all ligament injuries?

Doctors were taught in school that cervical flexion/extension x-rays were the only tests we needed to rule out ligamentous injury. The truth is, these x-rays are taken only at the end points of one arc of motion. Therefore, it can only evaluate two of the 22 major ligaments of the cervical spine—the anterior and posterior longitudinal ligaments (and only their end ranges).

The revolutionary Digital Motion X-ray imaging system allows us to evaluate all 22 major ligaments of the cervical spine with 2,700 x-ray images:

  • Right and left alar ligaments
  • Right and left accessory ligaments
  • Transverse ligament
  • Five right capsular ligaments
  • Five left capsular ligaments
  • Five interspinous ligaments
  • Two anterior and posterior longitudinal ligaments

What is the difference between a DMX and an MRI?

If you hurt more when you move, then it’s best to be diagnosed while you move. DMX is a revolutionary type of x-ray system that allows the clinician to take an x-ray movie while the patient moves in a standing weight-bearing position. DMX evaluates the bones in motion allowing us to detect which specific ligaments have been injured.

In contrast, an MRI scan of the cervical spine is designed to evaluate disc injuries while lying down, not moving, and not swallowing. The symptoms of a cervical disc injury are usually numbness and tingling in the upper extremities. Unfortunately, the upper 30% of the spine and posterior aspect of the spine contain no discs, just ligaments. Headaches and posterior neck pain are commonly caused by stretched ligament injuries which cannot be detected by MRIs, CT scans or static x-rays. DMX is the only imaging study that can identify ligamentous damage, soft-tissue injuries and joint dysfunction.

Does insurance cover this type of procedure?

We follow a simple rule: If the insurance company reimburses you for static x-rays, there is no reason why they wouldn’t reimburse you for an x-ray that moves.

How does DMX help attorneys settle cases?

DMX provides “demonstrable” or “observable” evidence of the injury. DMX’s “Proof of Injury” documentation is the reason why attorneys across the country are going to court with renewed confidence and winning record settlements—sometimes more than the policy limits–for their clients. Read more about actual cases…DMX Cash Settlements

How does Digital Motion X-Ray improve patient care?

It shows and defines the injury with clarity you’ve never seen before. Hidden injuries are revealed, helping physicians design a more effective treatment plan for their patients based on a comprehensive, accurate diagnosis.

Schedule an Appointment for a Digital Motion X-Ray today!

For more information about our Digital Motion X-ray diagnostic service, call 703-777-1234 today or contact us online to talk to our director, Dr. Shandon Thompson about your client’s injuries. DMX Imaging, LLC is the premier facility in Northern Virginia to provide this breakthrough technology.


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