Advanced Trauma Life Support. ABCDE from a radiological point of view

Emerg Radiol. 2007 Jul;14(3):135-41. doi: 10.1007/s10140-007-0633-x. Epub 2007 Jun 12.


Accidents are the primary cause of death in patients aged 45 years or younger. In many countries, Advanced Trauma Life Support(R) (ATLS) is the foundation on which trauma care is based. We will summarize the principles and the radiological aspects of the ATLS, and we will discuss discrepancies with day to day practice and the radiological literature. Because the ATLS is neither thorough nor up-to-date concerning several parts of radiology in trauma, it should not be adopted without serious attention to defining the indications and limitations pertaining to diagnostic imaging.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / diagnostic imaging
  • Accidents
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Emergency Medical Services / classification
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods*
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Humans
  • Radiography, Abdominal
  • Radiology / education
  • Spine / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnosis
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*