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What is Emergency Radiology?

Emergency radiology is a subspecialty of diagnostic radiology. Emergency diagnostic radiologists are an integral part of a hospital’s emergency team and are directly involved in helping diagnose trauma patients.

Emergency radiologists use a range of imaging techniques to diagnose:

  • Body trauma
  • Heart and lung (thoracic) trauma and conditions
  • Injuries and diseases of the central nervous system
  • Injuries and diseases of the head and neck
  • Trauma to the spine and upper and lower limbs
  • Emergency obstetrics and gynocology
  • Vein (vascular) and artery (aortic) malfunction.

X ray of swallowed spoon and blade in the intestine.

Recommended Emergency Radiology Textbooks

Image credit: "Patient undergoing echocardiography." The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, edited by Jacqueline L. Longe, 5th ed., Gale, 2015.
Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine, Accessed 29 Aug. 2020.