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Volume:6 Issue:10 Number:68 ISSN#:2563-5476
ACE Report #10653
Ace Report Cover Hand & Wrist

OTA2018: Forgoing early x-rays after DRF reduces cost, offers similar outcome to routine radiography

Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:N/A
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Is Routine Radiography in the Follow-up of Trauma Patients With Distal Radius Fractures (Cost) Effective?

Contributing Authors: M van Tulder P Krijnen IB Schipper P van Gerven M El Moumni W Zuidema S Rubinstein M Termaat

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This ACE Report is a summary of a conference presentation or abstract. The information provided has limited the ability to provide an accurate assessment of the risk of bias or the overall quality. Please interpret the results with caution as trials may be in progress and select results may have been presented.


326 patients with a distal radius fracture were randomized to either a reduced imaging protocol, with radiographs obtained at 6 at 12 weeks if clinically indicated, or to a routine radiography protocol, with radiographs obtained at 1, 2, 6, and 12 weeks. Patients were assessed for wrist-related function, complication rate, and costs. Results demonstrated no significant differences between groups i...

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