Head injury in child abuse: evaluation with MR imaging

Radiology. 1989 Dec;173(3):653-7. doi: 10.1148/radiology.173.3.2813768.


To evaluate the usefulness of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the diagnosis of head injury in child abuse, the authors compared the findings at head MR imaging and computed tomography (CT) in 19 abused children. Subdural hematomas (15 cases), cortical contusions (six cases), and shearing injuries (five cases) were demonstrated to particular advantage with MR imaging. CT remained superior in the detection of subarachnoid hemorrhage. MR imaging appears to be valuable in the assessment of patients with suspected intracranial injury due to child abuse.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis
  • Brain Concussion / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Concussion / etiology
  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Brain Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Injuries / etiology
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse / diagnostic imaging
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hematoma, Subdural / diagnosis
  • Hematoma, Subdural / diagnostic imaging
  • Hematoma, Subdural / etiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / diagnosis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed