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dc.contributor.authorGrover, Fred Jr.eng
dc.date.issued2003-03eng
dc.description.abstractMagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is rarely helpful in the evaluation of acute low back pain. Limited evidence suggests that MRI may be useful in further assessing “red flags” in the history or physical exam. MRI has a high sensitivity and specificity in the detection of cancer or infection, but it is not particularly specific when evaluating lumbar radiculopathy. Poor specificity can lead to finding clinically irrelevant abnormalities.1 The overall evidence for the appropriate use of MRI in low back pain is limited and weak2,3 (strength of recommendation: C, based on limited randomized controlled trials).eng
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Family Practice, 52(3) 2003: 231-232.eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/2945eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherFamily Physicians Inquiries Networkeng
dc.relation.ispartofClinical Inquiries, 2003 (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. School of Medicine. Department of Family and Community Medicine. Family Physicians Inquiries Networkeng
dc.subjecterythrocyte sedimentation rateeng
dc.subjectcancereng
dc.subjectlumbar radiculopathyeng
dc.subject.lcshBackacheeng
dc.subject.lcshMagnetic resonance imagingeng
dc.subject.lcshSpine -- Magnetic resonance imaging.eng
dc.titleIs MRI useful for evaluation of acute low back pain?eng
dc.typeArticleeng


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