Scott L. Rosa, D.C., B.C.A.O.

Pioneering TIC Research
Speaking Medicine’s Language

Like most leading edge chiropractic researchers, Dr. Rosa has found a way to “speak the language” of medical research while pioneering new imaging technologies in order to design and demonstrate the efficacy of correcting “mal-rotation” and other anomalies in the upper cervical structures of the central nerve system. His investigations into such poorly understood conditions as multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury have truly broken new ground in chiropractic research.

TCL would like to honor Dr. Rosa for his work in advancing scientific understanding of traumatic injury and its chiropractic/atlas orthogonal adjustment/treatment. In short, we would like to honor Dr. Rosa for his vision “to support the advancement of imaging technology to help in expanding the knowledge of the nature and extent of injuries at the craniocervical junction. The more we know about the cause of a patient’s problems, the better we are able to help in overcoming them. Through research and collaboration we are working to improve the treatment options and consequently the clinical outcomes for patients worldwide.”


TCL: For which professional achievements will you most want to be remembered?

Rosa: I would like to be remembered as being the “Pioneer of the cranio-cervical junction MRI and its profound consequences for neurologic and central nerve system (CNS) health.”

Over the course of many MRI examinations, I noticed a pattern of low-lying cerebellar tonsils in patients involved in head /neck trauma. This discovery subsequently led to a landmark study published in 2010, connecting head/neck trauma to a neuroradiographic finding at the craniocervical junction and this clinical feature is now commonly referred to as cerebellar tonsillar ectopia or Chiari 0.

I was honored to be elected to the position of Vice President of the R.W. Sweat Foundation for Research for the “Atlas Orthogonal Procedures” developed by Dr. Roy Sweat, my dear mentor.

I have developed an “Advanced Upright MRI Imaging Method,” as well as an “Image Guided Atlas Treatment” utilizing upright MRI technology, which are both patented procedures for the purpose of evaluating and treating patients involved in head/neck trauma. These imaging methods have allowed us to visualize numerous patho-anatomical conditions that were undetectable by conventional imaging methods.

I would also like to be remembered for the development of “Advanced Imaging Methods,” which have allowed us to demonstrate the efficacy of “Upper Cervical Chiropractic,” as well as neuroradiographic demonstration of the ill effects of the upper cervical misalignment and its potential adverse effects on brain health.

I have had the honor of collaborating and working closely with the Inventor of the MRI/Upright MRI, Dr Raymond Damadian. We have worked together at bringing to light advancements in imaging methods and understanding of the craniocervical junction, and the ill effects of the C0-C1 and C1-2 misalignments and their adverse affects on both spinal and brain health. We have held symposiums, and will continue to educate the Chiropractic as well as Medical profession on the patho-anatomy, neuro-anatomy, CSF flow anomalies and biomechanical aberrances of the craniocervical junction as well as the importance of correcting any misalignments of the craniocervical junction. I have also been instrumental in collaboration on developing advanced imaging methods and techniques such as CSF flow studies to further help diagnose patients involved in head/ neck trauma.

TCL: What project are you working on now (or have worked on recently) that you are most excited about and would like more people to know about?

Rosa: I have created the “Trauma Imaging Foundation,” the purpose of which is research Advanced Upright MRI Imaging studies on patients involved with head/neck trauma as well as neurodegenerative brain diseases and their correlation to misalignments at the craniocervical junction.

TCL: What else would you like to share regarding your work?

Rosa: This text chapter [see the first reference immediately below] contains MRI images and discussion of patho-anatomy at the craniocervical junction. FONAR advanced diagnostic images demonstrate normalization of structure and function in response to correction of misalignment using IGAT, a patented treatment procedure.

  1. Smith FW, Dworkin JS (eds): The Craniocervical Syndrome and MRI. Basel, Karger, 2015, pp 48–66

DOI: 10.1159/000365470

The Craniocervical Junction: Observations regarding the Relationship between
Misalignment, Obstruction of Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow, Cerebellar Tonsillar Ectopia, and Image-Guided Correction

Scott Rosa, John W. Baird

Rosa: This article [see the reference immediately below] compares recumbent and upright MRI images and discusses sensitivity in the detection of cerebellar tonsillar ectopia in a cohort of whiplash cases.

  1. Brain Injury, July 2010; 24(7–8): 988–994

A case-control study of cerebellar tonsillar ectopia (Chiari) and head/neck trauma (whiplash)


Rosa: In this paper [see the reference immediately below], we report on two patients who presented with severe, long-standing headaches and other complications following whiplash trauma secondary to a motor vehicle crash (MVC). Within an hour of the atlas orthogonal correction, both patients were rescanned for CSF flow. In both cases, restoration of normal flow was observed.

  1. J Rehabil Med 2011; Suppl 50: 1–36

Restoration of Normal CerebroSpinal Fluid Flow in 2 Cases of Confirmed Cerebellar Tonsilar Ectopia with Long-Term Headaches, Following Use of The Atlas Orthogonal Instrumented Manipulation Technique

Scott Rosa1; Michael Freeman2; David Harshfield3
1Sweat Foundation, Rock Hill, 2Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Portland, and 3Private Practice,
Little Rock, USA


UPDATE: See the Chicago Tribune’s report on Dr. Rosa’s singular success in alleviating pain and mental confusion for former NFL player Jim McMahon at

TCL readers who would like to view a video of Dr. Rosa’s one-hour presentation at the ‪Cranio-Cervical Syndrome (CCS) Symposium in 2013 may do so at the following link:

Readers who would like to view Dr. Rosa’s twenty-minute presentation of  “Observations at the Cranio-Cervical Junction, CTE and Observations of CSF” may view the presentation at the following link:

And, lastly, more information about Dr. Rosa’s groundbreaking work can be found at and








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