Diagnostic Imaging Pathways – Low Back Pain

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Population Covered By The Guidance

This pathway provides guidance for imaging adult patients with acute lower back pain. There are prompts regarding important considerations when planning a referral including ‘red flags’.

Date reviewed: August 2013

Date of next review: August 2015

Published: August 2013

Quick User Guide

Move the mouse cursor over the PINK text boxes inside the flow chart to bring up a pop up box with salient points.
Clicking on the PINK text box will bring up the full text.
The relative radiation level (RRL) of each imaging investigation is displayed in the pop up box.

No radiation None 0
Minimal radiation Minimal < 1 millisieverts
Low radiation Low 1-5 mSv
Medium radiation Medium 5-10 mSv
High radiation High >10 mSv

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