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Assessing the utility of head computed tomography in the role 2 hospital setting on operation TRENTON
  1. Edward Sellon1 and
  2. M Ballard2
  1. 1 Radiology Department, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  2. 2 Imaging, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, Harborne, UK
  1. Correspondence to LtCol Edward Sellon, Radiology Department, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford OX3 7LD, UK; e.sellon{at}


Operation TRENTON was the British government’s humanitarian contribution to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. This included the Bentiu-based role 2 medical facility, deployed to provide medical support to approximately 2000 UN peacekeepers and UN staff in the region of the country’s largest Protection of Civilian camps. A portable CT brain scanner was installed due to concern over the risk of head injuries and the extended clinical timelines. We provide a short reflection on the utility of this imaging capability in the deployed role 2 environment.

  • computed tomography
  • radiology & imaging
  • neuroradiology
  • accident & emergency medicine
  • trauma management

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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