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Ultrasound assessment of the suspected scaphoid fracture.
  1. D J DaCruz,
  2. R H Taylor,
  3. B Savage,
  4. G G Bodiwala
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency, Leicester Royal Infirmary, England.


    A prospective study of 111 patients thought to have sustained a recent scaphoid fracture on clinical grounds but who were radiologically negative was undertaken over a period of 7 months. All such patients were subjected to ultrasound scanning within a week of their injury under double blind conditions. All patients were re-X-rayed 2-3 weeks after their injury. The authors' results suggest that ultrasonic diagnosis of the possibly fractured scaphoid is unreliable.

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