A short cut review was carried out to establish whether ultrasound was better than x-ray at detecting fractured ribs after minor chest trauma. Two papers presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated. It is concluded that while current studies suggest ultrasonography is better than x-ray at detecting rib fractures, further studies with a well-established gold standard should be completed before ultrasonography is used routinely.
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