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Prevalence of MRI findings in the cervical spine in patients with persistent neck pain based on quantification of narrative MRI reports.


Krüger Jensen R, Jensen T S, Grøn S, Frafjord E, Bundgaard U, Damsgaard A L, Mathiasen J M, Kjaer P
Chiropr Man Therap. 2019; 27:13.
PMID: 30873276.


Previous studies of patients with neck pain have reported a high variability in prevalence of MRI findings of disc degeneration, disc herniation etc. This is most likely due to small and heterogenous study populations. Reasons for only including small study samples could be the high cost and time-consuming procedures of having radiologists coding the MRIs. Other methods for extracting reliable imaging data should therefore be explored.The objectives of this study were 1) to examine inter-rater reliability among a group of chiropractic master students in extracting information about cervical MRI-findings from radiologists´ narrative reports, and 2) to describe the prevalence of MRI findings in the cervical spine among different age groups in patients above age 18 with neck pain.