Radiological management and challenges of the twin earthquakes of February 6th

ERDEMİR A. G., Yurttutan N., ONUR M. R., İDİLMAN İ. S., Öztürk M. H., ERTÜRK Ş. M., ...More

Emergency Radiology, 2023 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10140-023-02162-5
  • Journal Name: Emergency Radiology
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Keywords: Crush injury (D000071576), Crush syndrome (D003444), Earthquakes (D055866), Multidetector computed tomography (D061330), Teleradiology (D019112)
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Two major earthquakes measuring 7.8 and 7.7 on the Richter scale struck Turkey and Northern Syria on February 6, claiming more than 50,000 lives. In such an unprecedented disaster, radiologists were confronted with very critical tasks of stepping out of the routine reporting process, performing radiological triage, managing acute adverse events, and optimizing imaging protocols. In our experience, radiologists can take three different positions in such disasters: (1) in the scene of the disaster, (2) serving in teleradiology, and (3) working in tertiary hospital for transported patients. With this article, we aimed to describe the challenges radiologists face on the three main fronts and how we manage these challenges.