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Stress Fracture MRI

Aka: Stress Fracture MRI
  1. Indication
    1. Suspected Stress Fracture despite negative serial XRay
    2. New gold standard for Stress Fracture imaging (supplanting bone scan)
  2. Epidemiology: Efficacy
    1. Test Sensitivity: High (at least as good as bone scan)
    2. Test Specificity: High (better than bone scan)
  3. Advantages
    1. Highest efficacy of any imaging modality
    2. Best detail for differentiating Stress Fractures from other causes
    3. No radiation exposure
  4. Disadvantages
    1. Higher cost than other Stress Fracture imaging
  5. References
    1. Ishibashi (2002) Clin J Sports Med 12(2): 79-84 [PubMed]

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