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Emergency radiology after a massive earthquake: clinical perspective

Jpn J Radiol. 2018 Nov;36(11):641-648. doi: 10.1007/s11604-018-0771-y. Epub 2018 Aug 25.

Authors: Iyama A1, Utsunomiya D2, Uetani H1, Kidoh M1, Sugahara T3, Yoshimatsu S4, Yamashita Y1.


Earthquakes are unpredictable and inevitable disasters, causing various earthquake-related disorders. Medical imaging, including digital radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, plays a key role in the evaluation of earthquake-related disorders. We here demonstrate the concept of diagnostic imaging after a massive earthquake and review the common imaging features of various disorders in casualties and evacuees. This summary of imaging features can facilitate the diagnosis of various earthquake-related disorders and promote judicious therapy planning.

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