Errors in Imaging of Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma

  • Mariano ScaglioneEmail author
  • Ettore Laccetti
  • Roberto Picascia
  • Michele Altiero
  • Francesca Iacobellis
  • Mathew Elameer
  • Roberto Grassi


Abdominal and pelvic trauma represents a common clinical problem in the emergency department. Despite the advances in imaging technology, with powerful MDCT scanners available currently, a plethora of diagnostic and management errors still continue to exist with potentially serious consequences for patients, which is divided into two main categories: technical and methodological ones and diagnostic (perceptive) errors. Optimal CT protocols according to the mechanism of trauma, society guidelines, organizing institutional clinical governance and quality assurance meetings, and improving research and development in the fields of emergency radiology and trauma care, can reduce these errors. Finally, the radiologist is a member of the trauma team and should be 24/7 in the emergency department.


Major trauma MDCT trauma protocol Diagnostic errors Technical errors Methodological errors Abdominal trauma 



The authors acknowledge Dr. Giampiero Francica, MD, for the CEUS images provided in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariano Scaglione
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ettore Laccetti
    • 1
  • Roberto Picascia
    • 3
  • Michele Altiero
    • 1
  • Francesca Iacobellis
    • 4
  • Mathew Elameer
    • 2
  • Roberto Grassi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Imaging“Pineta Grande” HospitalCastel VolturnoItaly
  2. 2.Department of RadiologySunderland Royal Hospital, NHSSunderlandUK
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”NaplesItaly
  4. 4.Department of General and Emergency Radiology“A. Cardarelli” HospitalNaplesItaly

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