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How to interpret spinal imaging in paediatric trauma
  1. Alexandra Richards1,2,
  2. Christopher Dadnam2,
  3. Hannah Kate Murch2
  1. 1 Paediatric emergency department, Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2 Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christopher Dadnam, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; chmdadnam{at}


Spinal injuries in children are fortunately rare; however, it is important that they are assessed and managed in a timely manner. A systematic approach to traumatic spinal injuries should be used, by following recent evidence and national protocols, in order to avoid misinterpretation and potentially, inappropriate discharge. The aim of this article is to highlight the concepts of spinal imaging in paediatric trauma with regards to indications, interpretation and limitations.

  • adolescent health
  • resuscitation

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.