Prospective evaluation of multislice computed tomography versus plain radiographic cervical spine clearance in trauma patients.

@article{Mathen2007ProspectiveEO,
  title={Prospective evaluation of multislice computed tomography versus plain radiographic cervical spine clearance in trauma patients.},
  author={Reshma Mathen and Kenji Inaba and Felipe M{\'u}nera and Pedro Gr Teixeira and Luis Rivas and Mark McKenney and Peter Lopez and Carlos J Ledezma},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  year={2007},
  volume={62 6},
  pages={1427-31}
}
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to compare the utility of plain radiographs to multislice computed tomography (MCT) for cervical spine (c-spine) evaluation. We hypothesized that plain radiographs add no clinically relevant diagnostic information to MCT in the screening evaluation of the c-spine of trauma patients. METHODS This was a prospective, unblinded, consecutive series of injured patients requiring c-spine evaluation that were imaged with three-view plain films and MCT… CONTINUE READING
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