Is magnetic resonance imaging in addition to a computed tomographic scan necessary to identify clinically significant cervical spine injuries in obtunded blunt trauma patients?

@article{Fisher2013IsMR,
  title={Is magnetic resonance imaging in addition to a computed tomographic scan necessary to identify clinically significant cervical spine injuries in obtunded blunt trauma patients?},
  author={Brian M Fisher and Steven Cowles and Jennifer R Matulich and Bradley G. Evanson and Diana Vega and Sharmila Dissanaike},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={206 6},
  pages={987-93; discussion 993-4}
}
BACKGROUND Guidelines are in place directing the clearance of the cervical spine in patients who are awake, alert, and oriented, but a gold standard has not been recognized for patients who are obtunded. Our study is designed to determine if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detects clinically significant injuries not seen on computed tomographic (CT) scans. METHODS The trauma registry was used to identify and retrospectively review medical records of blunt trauma patients from January 1, 2005… CONTINUE READING
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