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Table 4 Comparison of patients with and without enhanced (≥1/3 caudal vertebral height visualized) view after arm traction and swimming position

From: Value of the swimming position and arm traction in visualizing the cervicothoracic junction over the standard lateral cervical X-ray

Variable Lateral cervical X-ray with traction p Lateral cervical X-ray with swimming position p
Patients with no enhancement Patients with enhancement Patients with no enhancement Patients with enhancement
Age 29.9 ± 5 30 ± 4.9 0.672 32 ± 5.5 28.5 ± 3.9 0.055
Gender male (%) 56.3 62.5 0.693 64.7 56.5 0.601
BMI 23.9 ± 4.9 25.5 ± 4.2 0.296 24 ± 3.7 25.5 ± 5 0.343
SMD 10.94 ± 1.57 10.75 ± 1.62 0.719 11.24 ± 1.64 10.52 ± 1.5 0.162
BAD 40.38 ± 3.44 41.4 ± 3 0.337 41.29 ± 2.89 40.74 ± 3.43 0.592
  1. SD standard deviation, BMI body mass index, SMD sternomental distance, BAD biacromial distance