Recommendation ID

Imaging of ankle fractures:- Is CT scanning in addition to initial plain film X-ray clinically effective and cost effective for planning surgical treatment of unstable/displaced ankle fractures compared with plain film X-ray alone?

Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- Ankle fractures are common and affect a significant number of people every year. Outcomes following surgery are important for patients' long-term function and quality of life, and may also be associated with additional cost if another operation is needed. It is important to know whether adding CT scanning to plain film X-ray improves outcomes following surgery and is cost effective.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Fractures (non-complex): assessment and management
Date issued
February 2016

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 29/02/2016