Bone scans vs. radiographs for diagnosing occult scaphoid fractures
Diagnosis of occult scaphoid fractures: a randomized, controlled trial comparing bone scans to radiographs for diagnosisCJEM. 2014 Jul 1;16(4):296-303
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27 patients (aged 18-80) who had been diagnosed with a clinical scaphoid fracture by an emergency department physician, were randomly assigned into 1 of 2 groups to determine if early bone scans resulted in shorter cast immobilization periods in patients than those analyzed with radiographs. All patients were placed in molded, below-elbow thumb spica casts after initial diagnosis. Results from the...
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