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Ultrasonic assessment of injuries to the lateral complex of the ankle.
  1. A K Singh,
  2. T S Malpass,
  3. G Walker
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency, Wycombe General Hospital, England.


    A prospective study of 114 patients who injured the lateral complex of their ankles. All patients were subjected to ultrasound scanning within 48 h of their injury under double blind conditions. The authors' results suggest that the sensitivity of the ultrasound diagnosis approaches that of conventional radiology, if used properly. Furthermore, ultrasonic scanning is a useful adjuvant to clinical assessment of patients with regards to selection for further radiological examination. A case is also made for firms in the medical physics arena to develop suitable hardware in the diagnostic ultrasonic field for fracture management.

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