Is MRI useful for evaluation of acute low back pain?

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Is MRI useful for evaluation of acute low back pain?

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dc.contributor.author Grover, Fred Jr.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-12T19:00:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-12T19:00:09Z
dc.date.issued 2003-03 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Family Practice, 52(3) 2003: 231-232. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/2945
dc.description.abstract Magnetic 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). en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Family Physicians Inquiries Network en
dc.relation.ispartof Clinical Inquiries, 2003 (MU) en
dc.subject erythrocyte sedimentation rate en
dc.subject cancer en
dc.subject lumbar radiculopathy en
dc.subject.lcsh Backache en
dc.subject.lcsh Magnetic resonance imaging en
dc.subject.lcsh Spine -- Magnetic resonance imaging. en
dc.title Is MRI useful for evaluation of acute low back pain? en
dc.type Article en
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. School of Medicine. Department of Family and Community Medicine. Family Physicians Inquiries Network


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