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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2007 Feb;25(1):223-34.

Imaging modalities in wounds and superficial skin infections.

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  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA 98431, USA.


Open wounds and lacerations are the most commonly encountered problems in emergency medicine. Detection and removal of a foreign body is essential to avoid the many complications of a retained foreign body, which may include infection, inflammation, allergic reaction, and disability. Currently, there are several imaging modalities that the emergency medicine provider may use to aid in foreign body detection and wound management. Techniques and appropriate use of these imaging modalities for foreign bodies and soft tissue infections are discussed in this article.

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