The guidelines are currently being updated and should be out in the early 2024. These will also include guidance on penetrative and blast injuries in addition to blunt trauma.
The following guidelines will assist radiologists and clinicians dealing with a severely injured child to base imaging decisions on the best available evidence. The emphasis is on careful, competent clinical evaluation and knowledge of injury patterns in children of various ages, judicious use of plain radiographs and targeted use of CT with relevant paediatric protocols. The use of adult protocols and in particular the ‘whole-body’ CT trauma survey is not appropriate as a routine investigation in childhood.