Original ArticlesThe Use of Low Dosage X-Ray (Lodox/Statscan) in Major Trauma: Comparison Between Low Dose X-Ray and Conventional X-Ray TechniquesBoffard, Kenneth D. MD, FRCS, FRCS(Edin), FRCPS(Glas), FCS(SA), FACS; Goosen, Jacques MD, FCS(SA); Plani, Frank MD, FCS(SA); Degiannis, Elias MD, FCS(SA), FACS; Potgieter, Herman PhDAuthor Information From the Department of Surgery, Milpark Hospital and Johannesburg Hospital (K.D.B., J.G., F.P.), Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (E.D.), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; and the Lodox Systems (Pty) Ltd., Johannesburg, South Africa (H.P.). Submitted for publication November 23, 2005. Accepted for publication March 7, 2006. Presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, September 22–24, 2005. Address for Reprints: K. D. Boffard, Professor and Clinical Head, Department of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand, PostNet Suite #235, Private Bag x2600, Houghton, Johannesburg 2146, Republic of South Africa; email: email@example.com. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care: June 2006 - Volume 60 - Issue 6 - p 1175-1183 doi: 10.1097/01.ta.0000220393.26629.6c Buy Metrics Abstract Background: Patients presenting with major trauma normally require resuscitation, usually carried out according to techniques laid down by the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Program of the American College of Surgeons. Techniques normally suggested include the routine radiology of the cervical spine, chest and pelvis. This can sometimes be time consuming and may not return helpful information in all cases. Methods: This paper describes the use of a new low dose X-ray technique (Lodox/Statscan to perform these X-rays, and compares their interpretation by both radiologists and trauma surgeons with images obtained from conventional X-rays. The time taken for the respective images to be obtained was measured. Results: There was no difference in the amount of information obtained. Conclusion: The use of the Lodox allowed a substantial reduction in the time taken for resuscitation, without prejudice to diagnostic radiology. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.