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The use of radiology in back pain.


While it is clear there is an urgent need for innovative and cost-effective interventions for low back pain, these are currently limited and there is widespread concern that radiological investigations are being used excessively with associated high costs. The musculoskeletal bone and joint group of the NHMRC Translation Faculty have identified this as an important area to investigate. The aim of this study is to examine the use of radiological investigation in those with back pain and to explore the determinants of imaging use including age, weight and psychosocial factors.