Radiology in suspected non-accidental injury: Theory and practice in the Netherlands

R. R. van Rijn, N. Kieviet, R. Hoekstra, H. G.T. Nijs, R. A.C. Bilo

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Introduction: This study evaluates radiological imaging in suspected non accidental injury (NAI) in children below the age of 2 years in the Netherlands. Material and methods: The study consisted of two parts; first an on-line questionnaire on suspected NAI, amongst radiological practices within the Netherlands. The second part of the study was a retrospective analysis of skeletal surveys in children under the age of 2 years, which were reviewed in an expert centre of forensic medicine on request of the public prosecutor. Results: Out of 116 hospitals 45 (39%) radiologists completed the on-line questionnaire; 8 (8%) of the proposed skeletal surveys complied with the ACR criteria. A total of 29 skeletal surveys in 26 children were reviewed. The median age at the time of the radiographic exam was 3 months for both boys and girls. Only 2 (7%) studies complied with the ACR criteria. Discussion: The results of our study show that, in theory as well as in practice, Dutch radiological practices show a large variation in imaging protocols for suspected NAI.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)147-151
Aantal pagina's5
TijdschriftEuropean Journal of Radiology
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusGepubliceerd - jul. 2009
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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