October 7 Terror Attack: A One-Day Case Series of Imaging Trauma Patients at a Single Medical Center

Dana Brin, Vera Sorin, Noam Tau, Matan Kraus, Tom Sonin, Yiftach Barash, Evgeni Druskin, Eyal Klang, Christine Dan-Lantsman, Daniel Raskin, Elena Bekker, Shai Shrot, Amit Gutkind, Olga Saukhat, Edith M. Marom, Michal M. Amitai

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Abstract

In this study, we analyzed computed tomography (CT) radiological findings from trauma treated at a single hospital in the aftermath of the terror attack in Israel on 7 October 2023. The study includes images from 34 consecutive patients, consisting of 33 males and 1 female, ranging in age from 19 to 68 years. The majority of these patients underwent both chest-abdominal-pelvic (76%) and head and neck CT scans (64.7%). Key findings highlight a high incidence of head and neck injuries (55.9%), chest trauma (44.1%), and various injuries such as soft tissue lacerations (100%), fractures (58.8%, particularly skull fractures [32.4%]), and brain hemorrhages (23.5%). The limitations of this study include its single-center scope and the focus on stable patients, which may bias the representation of injury types. This case series provides critical insights into the radiological impacts of large-scale terror events, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive preparedness and research in the field of mass-casualty incident response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-786
Number of pages7
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume25
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • diagnostic imaging
  • penetrating head injuries
  • soft tissue injuries
  • thoracic injuries
  • war-related injuries

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