Head injury from physical abuse is unfortunately a common occurrence in our society. It is a major cause of mortality and long-term physical and psychological disability in children. Diagnosis of non-accidental head injury may be difficult, as most infants present with non-specific clinical findings and without external signs of trauma. Neuroimaging plays a fundamental role both for medical management and medicolegal aspects of child abuse. It is therefore imperative for the radiologist to promptly recognise the radiological findings of various forms of non-accidental head injury to render a more accurate opinion. A standardised imaging protocol and good communication between professionals are essential for optimum management.
- Paediatric radiology
- non-accidental injury
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