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World J Orthop. Aug 18, 2017; 8(8): 606-611
Published online Aug 18, 2017. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v8.i8.606
Ultrasound diagnosis of fractures in mass casualty incidents
Fikri M Abu-Zidan
Fikri M Abu-Zidan, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Al-Ain 17666, United Arab Emirates
Author contributions: Abu-Zidan FM had the idea, critically read the literature, supplied the images, wrote the paper, and approved its final version.
Conflict-of-interest statement: None declared by the author.
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Correspondence to: Fikri M Abu-Zidan, MD, FACS, FRCS, PhD, Dip Applied Statistics, Professor, Consultant Surgeon (Acute Care Surgery and Disaster Medicine), Point-of-Care Sonographer, Statistical Consultant, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, P.O. Box 15551, Al-Ain 17666, United Arab Emirates. fabuzidan@uaeu.ac.ae
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Received: January 29, 2017
Peer-review started: February 13, 2017
First decision: July 5, 2017
Revised: July 10, 2017
Accepted: July 21, 2017
Article in press: July 22, 2017
Published online: August 18, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: The role of point-of-care ultrasound in mass casualty incidents (MCIs) resulting in large number of trauma patients is still evolving. Radiological workup of these patients is important. The portability, safety, repeatability, and cost-effectiveness of ultrasound are great advantages in these situations. Its potential in managing fractures in MCIs is not fully defined. Its role will depend on different factors. The operator should master the technique, understand its limitations, and most importantly correlate the sonographic findings with the clinical ones.