Emergency Radiology

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 425–433 | Cite as

Road traffic accidents: a pictorial review

  • Sanaa Kissi
  • L. Fournier
  • N. How Kit
Pictorial Essay


Road traffic accidents are still a major cause of morbidity and mortality. With well-established whole-body CT protocols in trauma, radiologists are an integral part of trauma diagnosis and management teams. Five well-recognized traumatic syndromes (seat belt syndrome, handlebar syndrome, scapulothoracic dissociation, dashboard syndrome, and brake pedal injury) with their frequent associated complications should be diagnosed precociously according to the accident mechanism to avoid diagnostic delays and poor prognosis even if the circumstances seem minor.


Road traffic accident Seat belt syndrome Handlebar syndrome Scapulothoracic dissociation Dashboard syndrome Brake pedal injury 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional RadiologyCaen University Hospital Center, Normandy University (UNICAEN)CaenFrance

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