Hip fractures are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly, and incur high health and social care costs. Given projected population ageing, the number of incident hip fractures is predicted to increase globally. As fracture classification strongly determines the chosen surgical treatment, differences in fracture classification influence patient outcomes and treatment costs. We aimed to create a machine learning method for identifying and classifying hip fractures, and to compare its performance to experienced human observers. We used 3659 hip radiographs, classified by at least two expert clinicians. The machine learning method was able to classify hip fractures with 19% greater accuracy than humans, achieving overall accuracy of 92%.

This data set contains the source data for figures 2 and 4, which are the main Results figures. Data are given in both csv and MAT file formats. The MATLAB scripts for generating the figures are also provided.
Date made available8 Feb 2022
PublisherUniversity of Bath
Date of data production1 Dec 2017 - 29 Mar 2019
Geographical coverageUK, Southwest, Bath & Bristol

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