If you were trying to capture a special moment, would you rather see a single picture frame or a movie of the special event? Until recently, spine surgeons have relied upon archaic and old-fashioned x-rays to guide their decisions on whether the patient should undergo surgery for excess movement in their spine. The forward bending (flexion) and backward bending (extension) x-ray have been the mainstay of evidence for spinal
instability surgery. These are single pictures taken at one moment in time with the patient being asked to voluntarily bend past their painful point in an attempt to “catch” the bones in misalignment. Most patient’s will “cheat” and bend until they feel pain then move their hips forward or backward to finish the motion. Unfortunately, this makes it very difficult for these x-rays to “catch” the disease state and guide the surgeon. Our unique VMA imaging takes an x-ray movie of the patient while the patient is gently guided through the forward and backward bending motions by the x-ray machine itself!