R-SCAN: Whole-Body Blunt Trauma CT Imaging
J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Apr;14(4):531-533. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2016.11.010. Epub 2017 Jan 23.
Shyu JY1, Askari R2, Khurana B3.
Trauma is the leading cause of death in the United States for people between ages 1 and 44, and is the fifth-leading cause of death overall . Traumatic injuries account for 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the United States each year . The economic burden, accounting for both health care costs and lost productivity, is estimated to be $671 billion a year .
Over the last several decades, trauma care has improved owing to a number of developments, including the implementation of multidisciplinary specialist teams, care standardization (eg, advanced trauma life support), and technological developments in imaging, such as CT. CT, in particular, has proven to be a vital tool in the trauma workup armamentarium, providing fast and accurate diagnoses to guide appropriate management 2; 3 ; 4.