Direct access magnetic resonance imaging of the knee for GPs

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.849a (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:849

Magnetic resonance imaging should be used selectively

  1. Jeremy Southgate,
  2. Neil Thomas
  1. Senior orthopaedic registrar Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth BH7 7DW
  2. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke RG24 9NA

    EDITOR,—As a result of R Watura and colleagues' paper on direct access magnetic resonance imaging of the knee, use of such imaging may increase inappropriately.1 We would be interested to know what the clinical indications for scanning the knee were for the orthopaedic surgeons and the general practitioners. What were the rates of arthroscopy in the two groups, and how accurate were the findings of the scan compared with the arthroscopic findings? Magnetic resonance imaging is sensitive and …

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