Computed tomography versus magnetic resonance imaging for evaluation of the cervical spine: how many slices do you need?

@article{Brown2010ComputedTV,
  title={Computed tomography versus magnetic resonance imaging for evaluation of the cervical spine: how many slices do you need?},
  author={Carlos V. R. Brown and Kelli H Foulkrod and Andrew C Reifsnyder and Eric Bui and Irene L{\'o}pez and Matthew Hummell and Ben Coopwood},
  journal={The American surgeon},
  year={2010},
  volume={76 4},
  pages={365-8}
}
Controversy exists regarding the correlation between CT and MRI for evaluation of the cervical spine. We hypothesize that newer-generation CT scanners will improve diagnostic accuracy and may obviate the need for MRI in patients with a normal CT. We compared the missed injury rate of four-slice CT and 64-slice CT performed to evaluate the cervical spine. We conducted a retrospective study from January 2004 to June 2008 of all blunt trauma patients who underwent both a CT and MRI to evaluate the… CONTINUE READING

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