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Emergency cranial computed tomography
  1. Kate Lambert1,
  2. Mike Rickards1,
  3. Neil Halford2
  1. 1Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead NE9 6SX
  2. 2Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE

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    Editor,—Harris et al1 apply Rothrock's criteria2 to a UK population of non-trauma patients. Their abstract concludes “Simple criteria can be usefully applied to patients presenting to an A&E department in this country to target patients most likely to have clinically significant findings on urgent cranial computed tomography”. We believe that the method and findings of the study do not justify the change in practice implied by this conclusion.

    Our methodological concerns are threefold. Information gathered retrospectively from notes and request forms casts doubt over …

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