Emergency Radiology


A majority of patients attending Irish emergency departments have radiological investigations requested by and interpreted by emergency medicine physicians prior to radiological reporting. Based on international data, up to 5% of such emergency imaging is subsequently given a discordant interpretation by a radiologist. The most commonly missed findings include fractures, dislocations, air-way space disease, and pulmonary nodules.

Some such patients require a change in their emergency management and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has established a best practice guideline for the management of radiological results in the emergency department.

This course offers you a chance to enhance your knowledge and improve your confidence in assessing urgent radiological imaging. A series of short interactive workshops are delivered by a radiologist and an emergency medicine physician. The course focuses on providing and practicing techniques in assessing examples of abnormal imaging.

Topics covered include:

  • The chest X-ray in the ED
  • Abdominal imaging – the PFA, CT abdomen and CT KUB
  • Cervical spine imaging
  • Basic assessment of the CT brain: (trauma, stroke)
  • Upper limb injuries
  • Lower limb injuries

Learning objectives

  • Develop and practice a systematic approach to chest imaging.
  • Review common radiological emergency presentations.
  • Develop and practice a standard approach to spinal trauma imaging.
  • Develop and practice a standard approach to upper and lower limb trauma.
  • Review unique findings in paediatric trauma X-rays.