A retrospective review of mri results for low backache: Are we over investigating?
Khanduja S, Larimore K, Loomba V, Sibai N, Upadhyay A. A retrospective review of mri results for low backache: Are we over investigating?. Pain Medicine 2017; 18(3):602-603.
Introduction: Back pain is a worldwide health problem. 1 MRI is a common modality for diagnosing back and leg pain. There are specific guidelines for use MRI. However, the use of MRI as the initial imaging for low back pain seems to be more common in general practice. Materials and Methods: We did a retrospective chart review of about 300 patients over a 3-year period who had undergone MRI of lumbosacral spine. We recorded and compared various factors including age, sex, BMI, current smoking history, race, symptoms, MRI findings, and progression to surgery within the next year. All rates were compared between groups using chi-square or Fisher's exact tests (if expected cell counts are