Ultrasonography and radiography: a comparison
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Ultrasonography and radiography: a comparison

Salam Musa Specialty doctor in the minor injury unit, Cirencester Hospital, part of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
Paul Wilson Clinical lead in the minor injury unit, Cirencester Hospital, part of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Salam Musa and Paul Wilson review the role of portable ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of distal limb fractures in a minor injury unit

Distal limb fractures are common presentations to emergency departments and minor injury units (MIUs). The authors conducted a study of the usefulness and efficiency of portable ultrasound in detecting the presence of minor fractures in patients presenting to Cirencester Hospital’s MIU. Patients above two years of age about whom there was a high clinical suspicion of a closed fracture of the distal forearm or wrist, or the lower limb, were included in the study. After initial clinical assessments, the patients were referred for X-ray, as is usual for such patients, and also for ultrasound imaging of their injured sites. The ultrasound and radiograph images were subsequently compared for injury and presence of fracture, and this article discusses the results.

Emergency Nurse. 23, 2,34-37. doi: 10.7748/en.23.2.34.e1416

Correspondence

salam.musa@glos-care.nhs.uk paul.wilson@glos-care.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 07 August 2014

Accepted: 18 February 2015