E1049. Garden Variety: An Image Rich Review of Trauma and Injuries Related to Gardening
  1. Alborz Omidian; New York Medical College
  2. Prasanna Marathe; Westchester Medical Center
  3. Lillian Chiu; New York Medical College
  4. Jared Meshekow; Westchester Medical Center
  5. Perry Gerard; Westchester Medical Center
For most, gardening is a low-risk and relaxing pastime. While the physical and emotional benefits of gardening are well known, there is a wealth of data showing that without proper technique and precautions, gardening related injuries may result in significant morbidity and mortality. In general, children and the elderly incur the majority of gardening-related injuries. The type and severity of these injuries is highly variable but can range from acute lacerations, infections, and/or embedded projectiles to chronic back and joint pain. Furthermore, information regarding recommended preventative safety measures is poorly disseminated and frequently overlooked. While these injuries are not uncommon, radiology plays a significant role in the characterization and diagnosis of gardening related injuries.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
To review the commonly encountered gardening-related injuries, note high-risk behaviors/risk factors, as well as highlight the importance diagnostic imaging in order to make the accurate diagnoses.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
A. Review of Commonly Encountered Gardening-Related Injuries i. Acute Injuries ii. Chronic Injuries. B. Overview of Risk Factors C. Characterization and Imaging Diagnosis: i. X-Ray ii. CT iii. US iv. MRI D. Safety Recommendations.

Gardening and gardening-related injuries are more common and clinically significant than common perceptions might suggest. An image-rich review of frequently encountered acute and chronic gardening injuries can be beneficial to any radiology practice.