"Radiologists need to be aware of the pattern of injuries frequently seen in the abused elderly," Dr. Murphy said. "More importantly, we need to integrate the physical and radiological findings with the social context of the patient to help identify those at risk."
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AT A GLANCE
- Radiologists are beginning to identify a pattern of injuries that may be indicative of elder abuse.
- The analysis of abuse cases revealed that elderly victims were most often in a home setting being cared for by non-professionals.
- Compared to older adults who were accidentally injured, the abused elderly patients were more likely to have brain, head and neck injuries.
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