Submitted: 07 Jul 2018
Accepted: 13 Dec 2018
ePublished: 12 Oct 2018
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J Prev Epidemiol. 2018;3(2): e17.
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The diagnostic value of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of scaphoid bone fractures 

Mojtaba Chardoli 1 ORCID logo, Alireza Bahramnejad 1 * ORCID logo, Pedram Kakvan 1

1 Emergency Medicine Department, Firozgar Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Introduction: An assessment of small bones damages is important regarding how to choose the best invasive or non-invasive treatment approaches.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic value of ultrasonography for diagnosis of scaphoid bone fracture in comparison with radiology and CT scan.

Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 224 patients with trauma to wrist and suspected to scaphoid bone fracture. Patients were evaluated with ultrasonography using a linear superficial probe on admission. Then, another radiologist who was unaware of ultrasound results, evaluated the evidence of bone fracture by radiography and CT scanning.

Results: Comparing the results of ultrasonography with CT scan as the gold standard, the sensitivity of ultrasonography was 85.2%, the specificity was 87.5%, the positive predictive value (PPV) was 81.5%, the negative predictive value (NPV) was 90.2%, and the diagnostic accuracy was equal to 86.6%. The diagnostic value of ultrasonography was slightly higher in men than in women, and in older patients than in younger subjects, and also in patients referring with a delay of more than three hours compared to earlier referring.

Conclusion: Ultrasonography can be an accurate tool as compared to other diagnostic modalities for detection of scaphoid bone fractures particularly in men, in the elderlies, and in those with delayed referring

Keywords: Ultrasonography, Scaphoid, Bone Fractures
Citation: Mojtaba Chardoli M, Bahramnejad A, Kakvan P. The diagnostic value of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of scaphoid bone fractures. J Prev Epidemiol. 2018;3(2):e09. 
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