Magnetic Essay

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The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the identification of suspected acoustic neuroma The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the identification of suspected acoustic neuroma: a systematic review of clinical and cost-effectiveness and natural history H Fortnum,1* C O’Neill,2 R Taylor,3 R Lenthall,4 T Nikolopoulos,5 G Lightfoot,6 G O’Donoghue,7 S Mason,8 D Baguley,9 H Jones1 and C Mulvaney1 The NIHR Research Design Service for the East Midlands, Division of Primary Care, 14th Floor, Tower Building, University of Nottingham, UK 2 School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK 3 Peninsula Technology Assessment Group, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, UK 4 MR Imaging Department, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, UK 5 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Athens University, Greece 6 Department of Clinical Engineering, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK 7 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, UK 8 Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, UK 9 Department of Audiology, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK 1 *Corresponding author Executive summary Health Technology Assessment 2009; Vol. 13: No. 18 DOI: 10.3310/hta13180 Health Technology Assessment NIHR HTA Programme www.hta.ac.uk Executive summary: The role of magnetic resonance imaging in the identification of suspected acoustic neuroma Executive summary Background Advances in technology within health care should lead us to continually question the most effective methods for investigation, diagnosis, intervention and rehabilitation. Recent advances in imaging techniques raise questions of clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in many areas of health care. This report aims to address some of these questions in the identification of acoustic neuroma. • the clinical

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