"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."Coauthors are Hussein Jaffer, M.H.A., Amanda Chan, M.S., Agnes Sauter, M.A., and Sheila Waa, M.D. Note: Copies of RSNA 2012 news releases and electronic images will be available online at RSNA.org/press12 beginning Monday, Nov. 26. RSNA is an association of more than 50,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists, promoting excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation. The Society is based in Oak Brook, Ill. ( RSNA.org) Editor's note: The data in these releases may differ from those in the published abstract and those actually presented at the meeting, as researchers continue to update their data right up until the meeting. To ensure you are using the most up-to-date information, please call the RSNA Newsroom at 1-312-949-3233. For patient-friendly information on radiologic exams, visit RadiologyInfo.org. 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.