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More Evidence for the Unreliability of X-Rays

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  1. Tennis Tom

    Tennis Tom Beloved Grand Eagle

    http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/web-exclusives/radiographs-not-reliable-for-detecting-hip-osteoarthritis/article/459389/ (Radiographs not reliable for detecting hip osteoarthritis)


    December 11, 2015
    Radiographs not reliable for detecting hip osteoarthritis
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    "Most older participants with a high suspicion for clinical hip OA (groin or anterior pain and/or painful internal rotation) did not have radiographic hip OA, suggesting that in many cases, hip OA might be missed if diagnosticians relied solely on hip radiographs," the authors write.


    HealthDay News — X-rays don't detect hip osteoarthritis (OA) in many patients, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment, according to findings published online December 2 in The BMJ.

    The researchers looked at information from 5,312 Americans taking part in two OA studies. In one study, only 15.6% of patients with hip pain had X-ray evidence of OA in the hip and only 20.7% of those with X-ray evidence of OA had hip pain. In the other study, the rates were 9.1% and 23.8%, respectively.

    "The majority of older subjects with high suspicion for clinical hip OA did not have radiographic hip OA, suggesting that many older persons with hip OA might be missed if diagnosticians relied on hip radiographs to determine if hip pain was due to OA," study author Chan Kim, MD, an instructor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, said in a university news release.

    "Most older participants with a high suspicion for clinical hip OA (groin or anterior pain and/or painful internal rotation) did not have radiographic hip OA, suggesting that in many cases, hip OA might be missed if diagnosticians relied solely on hip radiographs," the authors write.

    References

    1. Kim C, Nevitt MC, Niu J, et al. Association of hip pain with radiographic evidence of hip osteoarthritis: diagnostic test study. BMJ. 2015; doi: 10.1136/bmj.h5983
    2. Nieuwenhuikse M, Nelissen R. Hip pain and radiographic signs of osteoarthritis. BMJ. 2015; doi: 10.1136/bmj.h6262
     
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  2. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, Tom. Thanks for this excellent report. It's more evidence that X-rays and MRIs are often misleading. They may even show structural abnormalities, but as Dr. Sarno says, that may not cause pain and instead, pain comes from our emotions.
     
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