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Pelvic Fractures in Adults: Evidence-Based Emergency Imaging

  • Douglas Watt
  • Ken F. Linnau
  • C. Craig BlackmoreEmail author
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Part of the Evidence-Based Imaging book series (Evidence-Based Imag.)

Abstract

This chapter examines the existing medical literature pertaining to emergent radiologic evaluation of pelvic trauma with suspected pelvic fractures. The primary goals of imaging are to characterize pelvic fractures, in order to guide treatment and attempt to predict high-morbidity complications. The evidence regarding how to optimally image patients with suspected pelvic fractures as well as fracture classification systems, imaging cases studies, and suggested imaging protocols are presented in the chapter. Additionally, the imaging and clinical predictors of major pelvic hemorrhage, bladder rupture, and urethral injury are summarized and weighted based on strength of evidence.

Keywords

Pelvic fractures Acetabular fractures Pelvic ring disruptions Urethral injury Bladder injury Emergency radiology Pelvic trauma Pelvic hemorrhage Evidence-based imaging Emergency imaging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Watt
    • 1
  • Ken F. Linnau
    • 2
  • C. Craig Blackmore
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyVirginia Mason Medical CenterSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyHarborview Medical Center, University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyCenter for Health Care Improvement Science, Virginia Mason Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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