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What radiological investigations should be performed to identify fractures in suspected child abuse?

The following is a summary of the systematic review findings up to the date of our most recent literature search. If you have a specific clinical case, we strongly recommend you read all of the relevant references as cited and look for additional material published outside our search dates.

 

Review last updated in February 2015

 

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Which investigation has a higher yield, skeletal survey or radionuclide imaging?
Does repeat skeletal survey enhance detection?
What views should be included in a skeletal survey?
Which children with suspected abuse should be investigated for occult fractures?
What other imaging modalities may enhance the diagnosis of occult fractures?
Research implications

Implications for practice

Limitations of review findings
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