Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.850a (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:850
  1. David C F Lloyd,
  2. Sanjiv Chawda,
  3. Roland Watura
  1. Consultant Registrar Department of Radiology, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff CF2 1SZ
  2. Lecturer University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF4 4XW

    EDITOR,—We recommend magnetic resonance imaging for investigating suspected ligamentous or meniscal injury. In response to Jeremy Southgate and Neil Thomas, our study suggests that general practitioners are as capable as hospital doctors of requesting magnetic resonance imaging and using the results appropriately. Altogether 12% of patients with normal scans were referred to an orthopaedic surgeon and 25% of patients with cruciate meniscal tears were not referred, which indicates that general practitioners will use their clinical judgment in assessing the importance of the …

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