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Fatal gunshot to a fox: The Virtopsy approach in a forensic veterinary case


Franckenberg, Sabine; Kern, Fabian; Vogt, Michael; Thali, Michael J; Flach, Patricia M (2015). Fatal gunshot to a fox: The Virtopsy approach in a forensic veterinary case. Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging, 3(1):72-75.

Abstract

A four-month-old male fox shot dead by a hunter was subjected to unenhanced postmortem computed tomography (PMCT), PMCT-angiography (PMCTA) and magnetic resonance imaging (PMMR) to document the effects of semi-jacketed hunting ammunition (.17 Hornet) on the body of a small animal. The effect of the ammunition on bone structures (crushing of the cervical spine and spinal cord), blood vessels (laceration of all supra-aortal vessels) and surrounding soft tissue (large wound cavity) was extensive, and imaging confirmed the fatal power of the ammunition. Virtual autopsy (Virtopsy) is a valuable examination tool for veterinary indications as well as in humans.

Abstract

A four-month-old male fox shot dead by a hunter was subjected to unenhanced postmortem computed tomography (PMCT), PMCT-angiography (PMCTA) and magnetic resonance imaging (PMMR) to document the effects of semi-jacketed hunting ammunition (.17 Hornet) on the body of a small animal. The effect of the ammunition on bone structures (crushing of the cervical spine and spinal cord), blood vessels (laceration of all supra-aortal vessels) and surrounding soft tissue (large wound cavity) was extensive, and imaging confirmed the fatal power of the ammunition. Virtual autopsy (Virtopsy) is a valuable examination tool for veterinary indications as well as in humans.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Legal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:30 Dec 2014 12:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:39
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2212-4780
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jofri.2014.11.001

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