Emergency, Trauma Surgery, and Orthopedic Surgery Opinions Regarding the AP Pelvis Radiograph

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Routine use of pelvic xrays in the initial evaluation of a trauma patient is part of the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) protocol. While ATLS is currently the standard of care in most emergency centers, a noticeable shift away from pelvic radiography to advanced CT imaging has occurred in many centers. Frequently, procedures can be performed based on
the initial xray that will change management and potentially will prevent a repeat CT scan and its associated radiation. The purpose of the study is to review difference in the perception of the need for pelvic xrays as the initial imaging study of choice in the acute trauma patient among Orthopedic Surgeons, Trauma Surgeons, and Emergency Physicians. This survey is being sent to the Orthopedic Trauma Association, the American College of Surgeons, and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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