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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-40

Radiological imaging of motorcycle-related injuries in a developing country: Experience in a tertiary health facility in the South-Western Nigeria

Department of Radiology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

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Olufunso Simisola Aduayi
Department of Radiology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State
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Background: Trauma is one of the major clinical indications for radiological investigation, and this often comes to the fore during hospital care of patients involved in motorcycle crashes. The aim of this study is to highlight the pattern of medical imaging utilization and spectrum of radiological findings among adults presenting with motorcycle-related injuries (MCRI) in a tertiary health facility in the South-Western Nigeria. Patients and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out prospectively between August 2011 and July 2012. The study population included adult patients referred for investigations at the radiology department following involvement in motorcycle crashes. Appropriate radiological investigations were done, and imaging findings were reported by radiologists. The data was entered into a spreadsheet and analyzed using SPSS version 16.0 for windows, Chicago, USA Inc. Results: A total of 150 patients were recruited into the study out of which 119 (79.3%) were males and 31 (20.7%) were females. There were 74 (49.3%) motorcycle riders, 55 (36.7%) pillion passengers, and 21 (14%) pedestrians. The limbs (n = 92, 61.3%) were the most imaged site in the body followed by the head (n = 78, 52.0%). Plain radiography (n = 113, 75.0%) was the most utilized radiological investigation among the study population, followed by computed tomography (n = 65, 43.3%), ultrasonography (n = 11, 7.3%), and magnetic resonance imaging (n = 1, 0.6%). Conclusion: This study highlights the burden of MCRI in our environment from a radiological perspective. The need for continuous advocacy on prevention of MCRI in a developing nation cannot be overemphasized.

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