CT findings of mass casualty events

Author(s): Dr Elizabeth Dick

Hospital: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 47, 554, 11-13


Mass casualty events (MCE) are events that overwhelm a healthcare system with the number of patients and/or the severity of their injuries, usually within a very short time frame. They can have natural causes (such as earthquakes), or be accidental (eg train crash) or deliberate (eg terrorist attack) disasters. By their nature they are unpredictable and they need an immediate coordinated and wholehearted response, with radiology staff playing a key role.

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