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Buitrago-Telléz, C.; Kunz, C.; Audigé, L.; Cornelius, C.-P.; Prein, J.; Leiggener, C. (2017): Algorithmen der Bildgebung bei Schädelskeletttraumata. AO-CMF-Trauma-Klassifikation. In: Mkg-Chirurg, Vol. 10, No. 2: pp. 134-144
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The diagnosis and classification of fractures of the skull, the skull base, the midface and the mandible can be reliably made only on the basis of an accurate radiological and clinical analysis. The aim of imaging studies is to support the decision making with respect to the severity of the injuries and the indications for necessary further therapeutic or imaging procedures. A question-adapted acquisition technique as well as a correct and accurate interpretation of imaging studies are essential for the correct use of the new AO-CMF classification. This classification is based on imaging for an accurate documentation and description of the various fractures. Computed tomography enables an exact depiction of the fractured areas, localization of fragments and soft tissue injuries. In this way the three precision levels defined by the classification can be exactly and correctly documented using imaging procedures. In this article the necessary prerequisites for imaging and the most critical structures and issues for accurate AO-CMF classification are presented depending on the precision levels and areas involved.