Imaging and reporting considerations for suspected physical abuse (non-accidental injury) in infants and young children. Part 1: initial considerations and appendicular skeleton

Clin Radiol. 2017 Mar;72(3):179-188. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2016.11.016. Epub 2017 Jan 4.


Recognising the skeletal manifestations of inflicted injury (II) in infants and young children is of crucial importance. There are specific fracture patterns which are highly suspicious of II in addition to common differential diagnoses with which radiologists should be familiar. Our objective is to provide a non-exhaustive review of the important factors relevant to the imaging and reporting of II as a platform for further learning. Part 1 encompasses important initial considerations and fracture patterns of the appendicular skeleton.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / classification
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Documentation / standards*
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / classification
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging*
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Mandatory Reporting*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Radiography / standards*
  • United Kingdom