Use of lumbar spine films. Statistical evaluation at a university teaching hospital.

@article{Scavone1981UseOL,
  title={Use of lumbar spine films. Statistical evaluation at a university teaching hospital.},
  author={J G Scavone and Robert F. Latshaw and G. Victor Rohrer},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={1981},
  volume={246 10},
  pages={1105-8}
}
Use of lumbar spine films was evaluated in a retrospective review of 1,095 lumbar radiological examinations in 871 patients. Patients' histories and physical examination findings were correlated with four groups of radiological findings: (1) radiologically normal, (2) incidental findings unrelated to patients' complaints, (3) diagnostic films compatible with symptoms, and (4) radiological findings of questionable clinical significance. The high percentage of nondiagnostic and questionable… CONTINUE READING

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