Findings on whiplash management a blow for GPs

New BEACH data puts spotlight on imaging referrals

There are new concerns that GPs may be ordering too many X-rays and CT scans for patients with suspected whiplash injuries.

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Using BEACH data, researchers ran through 291,100 patient encounters with nearly 3000 GPs of which 137 consults were for whiplash-associated disorders.

Of the 63 new cases of whiplash dealt with, 19 imaging tests were ordered, including 10 neck/cervical spine x-rays and 6 neck/cervical spine CT scans.

Under current clinical guidelines, cervical spine X-rays are recommended for whiplash injuries at grade three

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