Non-Accidental Injury in Infants and Children: Evidence-Based Emergency Imaging

  • Wouter A. KarstEmail author
  • Rick R. van Rijn
Part of the Evidence-Based Imaging book series (Evidence-Based Imag.)


Child abuse is a world-wide problem, with both short and long term consequences, and the radiologist can be one of the first to suggest a diagnosis of child abuse. Timely detection of physical child abuse can be important to prevent further harm to the child in question. In this chapter radiological findings in young children, e.g. subdural hematoma and posterior rib fractures, which are strong indicators for child abuse are discussed and the evidence base is presented.


Child abuse Radiology Abusive head trauma Fractures Dating Emergency imaging Evidence-based imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Forensic MedicineNetherlands Forensic InstituteThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric RadiologyEmma Children’s Hospital/Academic Medical Center AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Forensic MedicineNetherlands Forensic InstituteAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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