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MRIs beneficial for bone fracture patients

Published on 23/03/2010
Standard X-rays are often inconclusive in the detection of hip and pelvic fractures, according to a new report.

Research published in the American Journal of Roentgenology found that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is more effective at evaluating the source of hip and pelvic pain than radiographs.

Lead author of the study Charles Spritzer said that accurate diagnosis of fractures is important in terms of health care utilisation as well as patient cost and convenience.

He commented: "Use of MRI in patients with a strong clinical suspicion of traumatic injury but unimpressive X-rays has a substantial advantage in the detection of pelvic and hip fractures, helping to steer patients to appropriate medical and surgical therapy."

In 2007, a national audit was launched to improve the care of patients with hip fractures. The initiative aimed to reduce the low and variable rates of investigation and treatment of osteoporosis in elderly people who are admitted to hospital.
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