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Initial imaging strategies in spinal trauma patients

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A review is presented of the radiographs that should be taken of the spine of a severely injured spinal trauma patient within the first 24 h. The patient will probably present to a small local hospital or health care centre; the capacities and skills of such a small radiological unit are discussed. Consideration is then given to the radiological procedures which a specialized trauma centre should undertake after transfer of the patients. The main emphasis of the review is on plain films.

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Laasonen, E.M., Kinnunen, J. & Paakkala, T. Initial imaging strategies in spinal trauma patients. Eur. Radiol. 2, 273–276 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00595845

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Key words

  • Spinal canal stenosis
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spine dislocations
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal injuries