Journal article

Cost effectiveness of adding magnetic resonance imaging to the usual management of suspected scaphoid fractures

S Brooks, FM Cicuttini, S Lim, D Taylor, SL Stuckey, A Wluka

British Journal of Sports Medicine | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2005


OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost effectiveness of a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) within 5 days of injury compared with the usual management of occult scaphoid fracture. METHODS: All patients with suspected scaphoid fractures in five hospitals were invited to participate in a randomised controlled trial of usual treatment with or without an MRI scan. Healthcare costs were compared, and a cost effectiveness analysis of the use of MRI in this scenario was performed. RESULTS: Twenty eight of the 37 patients identified were randomised: 17 in the control group, 11 in the MRI group. The groups were similar at baseline and follow up in terms of number of scaphoid fractures, other injuries, ..

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