Helical CT of the cervical spine injury: Is there any role for plain films?

Huey Jen Lee, Vivek Sharma, Kartik Shah, Devang Gor

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Abstract

Purpose: To compare the diagnostic yield of conventional radiographs versus helical CT in screening acute trauma patients. Methods: We reviewed 604 trauma patients who presented to our Level I trauma Emergency Room and received both conventional radiographs and spiral CT scans of the cervical spine of. Results: Of the 604 patients, 30 (5.13%) had fractures seen on helical CT, of which only 10 were diagnosed on conventional radiography. Conclusion: Conventional radiography is less sensitive to detect fractures than helical CT in screening acute trauma patients. CT should therefore be considered as a standard modality choice for such cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Congress Series
Volume1256
Issue numberC
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

Keywords

  • Cervical spine trauma
  • Computed tomography
  • Conventional radiography
  • Spine fractures

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