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Med J Aust. 2005 Nov 7;183(9):482-6.

The use of diagnostic imaging in sports medicine.

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Sports Medicine at Sydney University, University of Sydney, Cnr Western Avenue and Physics Road, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.


Imaging should only be undertaken if it is likely to influence patient management. The dose of ionising radiation to the patient should be considered. Requesting the appropriate imaging method requires an understanding of the pathological process. Plain x-ray should still generally be the first imaging technique; exceptions include some forms of superficial tendinopathy, in which ultrasound may be more appropriate, and situations where radiation exposure is contraindicated, such as in a pregnant patient. The cost of the examination to the patient and the community should also be considered (eg, ultrasound v magnetic resonance imaging).

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