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Shot sequence detection aided by postmortem computed tomography in a case of homicide


Flach, Patricia M; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Germerott, Tanja; Ross, Steffen G; Krauskopf, Astrid; Thali, Michael J; Mund, Michael T (2013). Shot sequence detection aided by postmortem computed tomography in a case of homicide. Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging, 1(2):68-72.

Abstract

This study investigated the use of postmortem computed tomography (pmCT) in a homicide victim with three gunshots. This case report illustrates that pmCT enhances the forensic investigation and facilitates dissection of complex regions like the neck and may aid in the determination of a possible chronology of successive shooting. Postmortem imaging should be included as an established standard protocol in any state-of-the-art gunshot injury examination in forensic pathology, as this imaging method may provide more information than autopsy alone.

Abstract

This study investigated the use of postmortem computed tomography (pmCT) in a homicide victim with three gunshots. This case report illustrates that pmCT enhances the forensic investigation and facilitates dissection of complex regions like the neck and may aid in the determination of a possible chronology of successive shooting. Postmortem imaging should be included as an established standard protocol in any state-of-the-art gunshot injury examination in forensic pathology, as this imaging method may provide more information than autopsy alone.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Legal Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:adult; article; autopsy; ballistics; bone defect; brain hematoma; cartilage injury; case report; computed tomography scanner; computer assisted tomography; diagnostic imaging; ear injury; female; forensic identification; gunshot injury; homicide; human; human tissue; livor mortis; lung emphysema; mandible fracture; mediastinum disease; neck injury; pneumoperitoneum; pneumothorax; rib fracture; subarachnoid hemorrhage; three dimensional imaging; victim
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:23 Oct 2013 08:54
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 23:03
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2212-4780
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jofri.2013.03.045

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