Ultrasonography and developmental dysplasia of the hip: A cost-benefit analysis of three delivery systems

Jon Davids, L. J. Benson, S. J. Mubarak, N. McNeil

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Abstract

The role of ultrasound (US) in the diagnosis and management of infants with developmental dysplasia of the hips (DDH) is becoming widely accepted. In our community, there exist three delivery systems for US-DDH: the radiology based, the combined radiology/orthopaedic based, and the orthopaedic office based. This study reviewed the costs and benefits of each delivery system and found that once expertise had been gained and start-up costs were met, the orthopaedic office-based system was the most convenient, efficient, and cost effective for the patient/family and treating physicians. This mirrors the experience of cardiologists, obstetricians, and family practitioners, fields in which the utility of office-based ultrasonography is widely recognized and has become the standard.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-329
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Volume15
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Office-based sonography
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery

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