Vertebral Motion Analysis
What is the VMA?
VMA (Vertebral Motion Analysis) is an FDA-cleared, noninvasive and painless test that uses fluoroscopy to capture x-ray videos of your spine in motion. These videos are then used to produce measurements of the movement between the vertebra in your spine. This provides your physician with a wealth of information about your spine movement, resulting in a more thorough diagnosis.
How does the VMA work?
VMA technology measures spine motion using special equipment that guides each patient through prescribed movement sequences, such as bending forward, backward and side-to-side. Once the images are obtained, they are processed and analyzed using advanced computer software technology. The measurements compiled by this software are then used to generate detailed reports for your physician.
VMA Patient Testing Experience
The technologist will conduct a test run of each bending sequence prior to taking the videos with the C-Arm (a special piece of the X-ray machine that moves around you without contacting your body). You will be positioned in one of our patented patient normalizers. The normalizers are used to guide your movements in a gentle, consistent manner. These movements should not be uncomfortable and the equipment will guide you effortlessly through the test. The same devices are used to conduct both lumbar and cervical exams. If at any time you experience discomfort, you can press a STOP button that will immediately stop the normalizers motion.
How long will the VMA test take?
The testing procedure will take approximately 30 minutes for lumbar procedures and 15 minutes for cervical procedures. Please arrive early and allow plenty of time to locate the testing facility.
How do I prepare for the VMA test?
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment
- Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothing with no metal or zippers
- Health permitting, please refrain from eating or drinking 4 hours prior to your exam
VMA Imaging Center
110 Wild Basin Road Suite 250
Austin, TX 78746