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Trauma Imaging Evaluates Patients After Injuries

Trauma Imaging Evaluates Patients After Injuries

Trauma imaging is a general term used for radiologic exams that evaluate injuries as a result of an accident. Examples of trauma include broken bones after a fall and internal organ injury or internal head bleed following a car accident. The department of Radiology at Cincinnati Children’s performs multiple types of radiologic exams to evaluate patients for the possibility of injury: x-ray, ultrasound, CAT scan (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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Cincinnati Children’s offers trauma imaging 24 hours a day. These exams can be performed at the main hospital or several of the smaller satellite clinics. Once a trauma exam is ordered by the emergency room physician, the patient is transported to the department of radiology in a timely manner to conduct the exam.Radiology is adjacent to the emergency room, which helps to facilitate completion of this process.

The benefits of obtaining trauma exams at Cincinnati Children’s include state-of-the-art imaging equipment, skilled technologists to perform the exams, and experienced radiologists to interpret the studies. Cincinnati Children’s leads the nation in using low-dose radiation techniques to limit the amount of radiation utilized during x-rays and CTs. Furthermore, the department leads the nation in the speed and efficiency in which the exams are ordered and completed. Cincinnati Children’s works hard to streamline the process of obtaining trauma exams and delivering the completed results to ordering physician.

Our radiology staff is here 24 hours a day to perform any exam, trauma or routine, necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of your child.

Contributed by Dr. Michael Nasser and edited by Sarah Kaupp.

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About the author: Alex Towbin

Alex is a radiologist and the Neil D. Johnson Chair of Radiology Informatics. In this role, he helps to manage the information systems used by the Radiology department. Clinically, Alex is the Assistant Director of thoracoabdominal imaging. His research interests include liver disease, liver tumors, inflammatory bowel disease, and appendicitis.