HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Radiologists play key role in child abuse cases: Electronic exhibit outlines signs of abuse

An estimated 906,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect in 2003 (the latest year statistics are available), and radiologists are playing a key role when these cases and cases of alleged abuse end up in court.

There are a number of indications of abuse that can be seen using radiography and other imaging techniques, said Andrea Walker, DO, who, along with her mentor Vesna Kriss, MD, has put together an interactive exhibit of cases from the University of Kentucky Medical Center designed to help radiologists confidently diagnose child abuse.

A red flag should go up when a radiologist finds fractures in different stages of healing, posterior rib fractures, fractures at the very end of the long bones (which can occur when a child has been shaken) and long bone fractures in children who are not walking, said Dr. Walker. In addition, MR imaging of the brain can detect repeated hemorrhages and MR spectroscopy can detected elevated lactate levels, which are found in hypoxic (loss or reduction of oxygen) injuries.

"On the other hand, there are a number of diseases and disorders that could potentially be mistaken for abuse," said Dr. Walker. "For example, metabolic bone diseases, such as osteogenesis imperfecta, can show up on a radiologic examination as multiple fractures, which can also be seen in abuse. However, if we take a second look, and see that all the bones are abnormal, we can be confident that the child suffers from a disease rather than abuse," she said.

"Cases of alleged child abuse often end up in the courtroom and the radiologist is a critical component of the case because radiographs are objective data. It is crucial to be well informed," Dr. Walker said.

The electronic exhibit will be on display at the American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans beginning May 16.


'"/>


16-May-2005


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Radiologists attempt to solve mystery of Tuts demise
2. Radiologists have a duty to communicate their reports effectively to clinicians
3. Radiologists tackle diagnosis of puzzling football injuries
4. Chinese children with hearing devices benefit from new speech test
5. Seat belt injuries could signal more serious trauma in children
6. Diet foods for children may lead to obesity
7. Parents depression can weigh on children
8. Study reveals gaps in vaccine financing for underinsured children
9. Young childrens taste preferences may be influenced by fast-food branding
10. Early-childhood intervention may improve well-being through young adulthood
11. U of M report says early-childhood intervention improves well-being through young adulthood

Post Your Comments:
(Date:4/17/2014)... LSTM have called for more research to be ... children in sub-Saharan Africa. In a paper in ... Russell Stothard, working with colleagues in the department ... University, in Cleveland Ohio, University of Cambridge and ... into the joint burden of HIV/AIDS and schistosomiasis ...
(Date:4/16/2014)... NJ (April 16, 2014): Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... 1 study of CDX-1401 in solid tumors, including long-term ... Medicine (Vol 6 Issue 232). The data demonstrate ... clinical benefit in patients with very advanced cancers and ...
(Date:4/16/2014)... While it is well known that fertility treatments are ... that multiples are at elevated risk of premature birth, ... Fertility and Sterility . The article ... reduce the odds of multiple births and prematurity, including ...
(Date:4/15/2014)... medical mystery and in the process have found a potentially ... 1.5 million people a year. The researchers say they now understand ... been in use for more than 50 years even though ... to the microbes it attacks. , A report of ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... been made in chemotherapy over the past decade, but ... continues to be a major challenge. , Nanotechnology ... the use of nanocarriers, or capsules, that can transport ... body. , The catch? These carriers are tiny, and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:More research called for into HIV and schistosomiasis coinfection in African children 2Health News:Celldex's Phase 1 study of CDX-1401 published in Science Translational Medicine 2Health News:Celldex's Phase 1 study of CDX-1401 published in Science Translational Medicine 3Health News:Celldex's Phase 1 study of CDX-1401 published in Science Translational Medicine 4Health News:Preterm births, multiples, and fertility treatment 2Health News:Preterm births, multiples, and fertility treatment 3Health News:Potent, puzzling and (now less) toxic: Team discovers how antifungal drug works 2Health News:Potent, puzzling and (now less) toxic: Team discovers how antifungal drug works 3Health News:Nano shake-up 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... the leading health care supply chain expertise, analytics and ... national contracts that expand its portfolio to provide hospital ... These include manufacturer product and service agreements, as well ... IT consulting support. New Novation agreements ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014 Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: ... Trading (OFT) approval condition to the announced tender offer for all ... As a result of the waiver, the transaction is no ... tender offer on January 24, 2014 following the currently scheduled expiration ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 15, 2014  Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of innovative ... protect their most important business assets, intellectual property ... Because of the highly-competitive nature of ... of the most litigious industry sectors of cases ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:New Novation Information Technology VAR Contracts Offer Significant Savings to Hospitals 2Shire Waives OFT Condition Relating to the Acquisition of ViroPharma Inc. 2Shire Waives OFT Condition Relating to the Acquisition of ViroPharma Inc. 3Intellectual Property Insurance for Medical-related Products and Services 2
Cached News: