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Table 5 Positive findings and the indication for radiological examination. The number of positive findings on radiological examination with regard to the indication for the examination (pain or other cause), for those with longstanding/reoccurring (reported in at least two of the three surveys) chronic widespread pain (CWP) compared to all others.

From: The use and diagnostic yield of radiology in subjects with longstanding musculoskeletal pain – an eight year follow up

  Examinations due to pain Examinations due to other causes
Pain group Number of examinations Number of positive findings (%) Number of examinations Number of positive findings (%)
Two times CWP 19 1 (5.3) 16 10 (62.5)
All others 38 11 (28.9) 27 4 (14.8)
Total 57 12 (21.1) 43 14 (32.6)