Ländryggsröntgen ger falsk säkerhet och ringa nytta för patienten: MRT och DT ger bättre och billigare resultat

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In 2016 140 000 lumbar spine radiographies were performed in Sweden (14 000 per million inhabitants) to a cost of about 85 million SEK (≈8.5 million Euro) and a negligible value for the patients with low back pain. In the work-up of low back pain, when imaging is indicated, lumbar spine radiography should be replaced by limited magnetic resonance imaging including a whole lower body coronal STIR sequence or computed tomography with radiation dose adapted to indication and patient age. Indication for imaging should be restricted to 1) low back pain with more than 3-4 weeks duration in combination with at least one »red flag«, 2) radicular pain without improvement on conservative treatment, or 3) low back pain with more than 8 weeks duration in combination with »yellow flags«.


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Örebro University Hospital
  • Region Skåne
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
Translated title of the contributionLumbar spine radiography – Unreliable diagnostic accuracy and negligible value for the patients
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)1962
Number of pages1
Issue number46
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch