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Can Paper Replace Laser Film to Communicate the Results of Wrist Radiographs in Trauma Cases? A Reproducibility Study of the Reading of Wrist Trauma Case Radiographs on a PACS Workstation, Laser Film, and Paper

Abstract : The main goal of this study was to determine the reproducibility of the reading of wrist trauma case radiographs using three different media: laser film, a picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) workstation, and paper with an optimized layout. The study was conducted retrospectively in 200 consecutive patients consulting at the emergency department for wrist trauma and who underwent wrist X-ray investigation using a computed radiography system. There were 82 men and 118 women. The mean age was 48.3 years (16–95 years). Our institutional review board does not require patient approval or informed consent for retrospective review of case records. The readings were made by two independent readers who analyzed the 200 patient radiographs consecutively in one session for each type of media: paper, laser film, and on a PACS dual-screen workstation. The inter-reader agreements were substantial or almost perfect, with kappa values of 0.83 (0.76–0.90) for the PACS, 0.83 (0.76–0.90) for film, and 0.80 (0.72–0.87) for paper. The inter-technique agreement was almost perfect in all cases. There is a high interobserver agreement between PACS, laser film, and paper readings for wrist trauma cases. With a layout of one radiograph on each sheet, paper could replace laser films to communicate the results of wrist radiographs in trauma cases for outpatients.
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Pedro Teixeira, Jean-Philippe Zabel, Cedric Baumann, Stéphane Albizzati, Henry Coudane, et al.. Can Paper Replace Laser Film to Communicate the Results of Wrist Radiographs in Trauma Cases? A Reproducibility Study of the Reading of Wrist Trauma Case Radiographs on a PACS Workstation, Laser Film, and Paper. Journal of Digital Imaging, Springer Verlag, 2013, 26 (6), pp.1013 - 1019. ⟨10.1007/s10278-013-9613-8⟩. ⟨hal-01715363⟩

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