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Cervical Spine Imaging in Blunt Trauma Patients

Christoph I. Lee

in 50 Imaging Studies Every Doctor Should Know

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Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780190223700
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190223731 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0010

Series: Fifty Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Cervical Spine Imaging in Blunt Trauma Patients

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This chapter, found in the back pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the use of cervical spine imaging in blunt trauma patients. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study presents a set of five diagnostic criteria that approach 100% sensitivity for identifying clinically important cervical spine injuries and could eliminate one-eighth of all cervical spine radiographs ordered for these patients. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

Chapter.  1026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Primary Care ; Clinical Radiology

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