Review: Immediate routine lumbar-spine imaging does not improve clinical outcomes in low-back pain

Carey, Timothy S.
June 2009
ACP Journal Club;6/23/2009, Vol. 150 Issue 6, p5
Academic Journal
The article discusses whether immediate routine lumbar-spine imaging will improve clinical outcomes in patients with low-back pain. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) was undertaken to test lumbar-spine imaging. The method of imaging used was radiography in 4 RCTs and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) in 2 RCTs. It was concluded that immediate routine lumbar-spine imaging does not improve clinical outcomes in patients with low-back pain.


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