Imaging of accidental paediatric head trauma

Pediatr Radiol. 2009 May;39(5):438-46. doi: 10.1007/s00247-008-1083-7. Epub 2009 Jan 6.


Head trauma is the most common form of injury sustained in serious childhood trauma and remains one of the top three causes of death despite improved road planning and safety laws. CT remains the first-line investigation for paediatric head trauma, although MRI may be more sensitive at picking up the full extent of injuries and may be useful for prognosis. Follow-up imaging should be tailored to answer the specific clinical question and to look for possible complications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / diagnosis*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Multiple Trauma / diagnosis*
  • Pediatrics / methods