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Emergency Radiology

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 135–141

First Online: 12 June 2007Received: 03 April 2007Revised: 08 May 2007Accepted: 19 May 2007


Accidents are the primary cause of death in patients aged 45 years or younger. In many countries, Advanced Trauma Life Support® ATLS® is the foundation on which trauma care is based. We will summarize the principles and the radiological aspects of the ATLS®, and we will discuss discrepancies with day to day practice and the radiological literature. Because the ATLS® is neither thorough nor up-to-date concerning several parts of radiology in trauma, it should not be adopted without serious attention to defining the indications and limitations pertaining to diagnostic imaging.

KeywordsTrauma Diagnostic imaging Radiology Thorax Abdomen Spine AbbreviationsATLS®Advanced Trauma Life Support®

FASTfocused abdominal sonography in trauma





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CTcomputed tomography

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Author: Digna R. Kool - Johan G. Blickman


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