Margaret A.WinkerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
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.
Newmeyer III WL. Medical Monikers. JAMA. 1998;280(5):420-421. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-5-jbk0805