Vertebral Motion Analysis (VMA)

The Vertebral Motion Analysis (VMA) is a new test that o¬ffers doctors motion imaging technology that may pinpoint the actual source of your issues. Vertebral Motion Analysis is an FDA-cleared diagnostic technology for assessing lumbar and cervical spinal motion. The VMA, unlike a common x-ray, takes hundreds of x-ray type pictures of your spine while you move to create a video.

VMA provides more accurate motion measurements to help diagnose your unique condition. The technology is a game-changer! Your spine deserves the latest in imaging technology.

VMA

NextGen Imaging is excited about being one of the first in the country to offer this new “Spine Motion Imaging” option to patients. VMA technology provides additional imaging data to your surgeon, which help him/her locate the source of your spinal pain. The test provides more data than ever before by taking hundreds of x-ray type pictures of your spine while you move in a gentle, controlled manner to create a video.

NextGen Imaging is excited about being one of the first in the country to offer this new “Spine Motion Imaging” option to patients. VMA technology provides additional imaging data to your surgeon, which help him/her locate the source of your spinal pain. The test provides more data than ever before by taking hundreds of x-ray type pictures of your spine while you move in a gentle, controlled manner to create a video.

Benefits of VMA over traditional X-rays include:

  • Provides important information that an X-ray might miss
  • Can depict spinal motion in real-time
  • Emits less radiation than a standard X-ray
  • More sensitive and reproducible when detecting instability
  • Less manual labor, as the machine gently guides you

What to expect?

  • The test usually takes about 20 minutes.
  • The exam involves the use of a machine that assists with spine bending, by gently guiding you through a series of spine bending routines. While you are doing these bends, the technician will be capturing X-ray-type videos of your spine in motion.
  • These bending routines should not cause any discomfort, but if so there is a “stop” button you will be holding that can be pressed at any time to stop testing.