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August 5, 1998

Medical Monikers

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(5):420-421. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-5-jbk0805

To the Editor.—The Medical News & Perspectives articles1,2 about musculoskeletal problems extolling the virtues of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for several conditions are misleading for 2 conditions.

In fractures of the hook of the hamate, the diagnosis often can be made by a carpal tunnel view plain x-ray examination and virtually always by a computed tomographic scan; both diagnostic tests are cheaper than an MRI.

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