Acta Ortopédica Brasileira
Print version ISSN 1413-7852
YUNES FILHO, Paulo Roberto Miziara et al. Classifying radius fractures with X-ray and tomography imaging. Acta ortop. bras. [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.2, pp. 9-13. ISSN 1413-7852. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-78522009000200001.
INTRODUCTION: This study evaluated the interobserver reliability of plain radiograpy versus computed tomography (CT) for the Universal and AO classification systems for distal radius fractures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Five observers classified 21 sets of distal radius fractures using plain radiographs and CT independently. Kappa statistics were used to establish a relative level of agreement between observers for both readings. RESULTS: Interobserver agreement was rated as moderate for the Universal classification and poor for the AO classification. Reducing the AO system to 9 categories and to its three main types reliability was raised to a "moderate" level. No difference was found for interobserver reliability between the Universal classification using plain radiographs and the Universal classification using computed tomography. Interobserver reliability of the AO classification system using plain radiographs was significantly higher than the interobserver reliability of the AO classification system using only computed tomography. CONCLUSION: From these data, we conclude that classification of distal radius fractures using CT scanning without plain radiographs is not beneficial.
Keywords : Wrist injuries; X-Ray computed Tomography; Reproducibility of results.