Faculty Publications

Title

Clinical diagnostic tests versus MRI diagnosis of ACL tears

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Anterior cruciate ligament, Clinical evaluation, Evaluation, Knee joint, Magnetic resonance imaging

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

Volume

27

Issue

6

First Page

596

Last Page

600

Abstract

Clinical Scenario: The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a common knee injury within varying athletic levels. Clinical diagnostic tests and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are two methods of evaluating ACL injuries. Clinical Question: Are clinical diagnostic tests as accurate as MRI when diagnosing ACL tears? Summary of Key Findings: Three cross-sectional design studies were included. One study found that clinical diagnostic tests were superior toMRI when diagnosing an ACL tear. Another study found that clinical diagnostic tests were equal to MRI when measuring sensitivity, but scored higher in specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and diagnostic accuracy. The last study found that clinical diagnostic tests scored higher than MRI on specificity and positive predictive value, were equal when measuring accuracy, and scored lower when measuring sensitivity and negative predictive value. Clinical Bottom Line: The evidence supports the use of clinical diagnostic tests when diagnosing an ACL tear. Strength of Recommendation: Level 2-3.

Original Publication Date

11-1-2018

DOI of published version

10.1123/jsr.2016-0188

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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