Special Consideration: Harris Ring

The body of C2 should have a visible ring on the lateral view – the Harris ring [5].

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This may be incomplete between the 5 and 7 o’clock position in the normal x-ray. However, if there is disruption elsewhere, this should raise suspicion for a fracture.

Learning Bite

The Harris ring may be incomplete at the 5-7 o’clock position but should be complete elsewhere.