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Application of case series review results to the evaluation of individual cases in diagnostic radiology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  227258     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Probability theory provides a simple method for physicians to use their "intellectual linkages" to their past clinical experience in making current diagnoses. Only a pencil and paper are required for making a few likelihood calculations. To illustrate this method, evaluation was done of a new diagnostic sign (presence of knee ossification centers) for differentiating rubella from cytomegalovirus infection in young infants. Two practical questions can be answered by use of this method for calculating probabilities: (1) How certain can one be about either diagnosis when centers are present or absent? (2) How can other radiologists apply these results to their individual cases?
J R Thornbury; D G Fryback; L R Kuhns
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  133     ISSN:  0361-803X     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  1979 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-12-20     Completed Date:  1979-12-20     Revised Date:  2008-02-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  909-12     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cytomegalovirus Infections / congenital,  radiography
Diagnosis, Differential
Epiphyses / radiography
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Newborn, Diseases / radiography
Knee / physiology,  radiography
Operations Research*
Probability Theory*
Rubella / radiography

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