The utility of routine chest radiographs

Thomas Gerald Tape, A. I. Mushlin

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Abstract

Although admission and preoperative chest radiography has been done for many years in various settings, existing data do not support its utility in enhancing patient care. Calculations based on estimates of the accuracy of chest radiographs and the likelihood of disease suggest that routine chest radiography may result in many more misleading than helpful results. Patients in whom chest radiographs are likely to improve outcome are best identified by a careful history and physical examination. We recommend that the practice of doing routine chest radiographs on admission and preoperatively be stopped and that the procedure be reserved for patients with clinical evidence of chest disease and patients having intrathoracic surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-670
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Volume104
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

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The utility of routine chest radiographs. / Tape, Thomas Gerald; Mushlin, A. I.

In: Annals of internal medicine, Vol. 104, No. 5, 01.01.1986, p. 663-670.

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Tape, TG & Mushlin, AI 1986, 'The utility of routine chest radiographs', Annals of internal medicine, vol. 104, no. 5, pp. 663-670.
Tape, Thomas Gerald ; Mushlin, A. I. / The utility of routine chest radiographs. In: Annals of internal medicine. 1986 ; Vol. 104, No. 5. pp. 663-670.
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