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Cervical Spine Imaging in Blunt Trauma Patients: The National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study (NEXUS) 

Cervical Spine Imaging in Blunt Trauma Patients: The National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study (NEXUS)
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Cervical Spine Imaging in Blunt Trauma Patients: The National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study (NEXUS)
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Christoph I. Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0010
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date: 16 July 2018

This chapter, found in the back pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the use of cervical spine imaging in blunt trauma patients. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study presents a set of five diagnostic criteria that approach 100% sensitivity for identifying clinically important cervical spine injuries and could eliminate one-eighth of all cervical spine radiographs ordered for these patients. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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