Trauma is the fifth leading cause of death in the world and represents the leading cause of death in patients <40 years of age [1]. During the initial resuscitation period, timing and accuracy of diagnosis are essential for optimizing patient triage and therapy planning and is a major determinant of outcome of trauma patients [2]. Computed tomography (CT) represents the most important imaging modality in the evaluation of trauma patients. CT of the abdomen in trauma patients nowadays is part of a whole-body CT examination [3-6]. Recent evidence suggests that the integration of whole-body CT into early trauma care increases the chance of survival of trauma patients, most probably due to fewer missed injuries compared with X-ray and ultrasound (US) and because of a reduced delay to definitive diagnosis and patient disposition [7-9].


Trauma Patient Splenic Injury Pancreatic Trauma Subcapsular Hematoma Blunt Splenic Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hatem Alkadhi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyUniversity Hospital ZurichSwitzerland

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