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Standardized medical image registration for radiological identification of decedents based on paranasal sinuses


Gascho, Dominic; Philipp, Hinderberger; Flach, Patricia M; Thali, Michael J; Kottner, Soren (2018). Standardized medical image registration for radiological identification of decedents based on paranasal sinuses. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 54:96-101.

Abstract

Image registration software is frequently used in clinical radiology, e.g., for follow-up diagnosis. To a certain extent, the radiological identification of decedents (RadID) is comparable to a clinical follow-up diagnosis, in that two datasets from different dates are compared in terms of their anatomical characteristics (e.g., paranasal sinuses) or surgical implants. Due to the increasing use of computed tomography (CT) for head examinations in clinical radiology and the increased use of postmortem CT (PMCT) in forensic imaging, the comparison of three-dimensional (3D) clinical CT (termed as antemortem CT (AMCT) in this article) and PMCT datasets for RadID is becoming increasingly practical. In particular, the comparison of paranasal sinuses in AMCT and PMCT imaging is considered a suitable and reliable modality for RadID. However, previous publications regarding RadID based on comparisons of 3D datasets have not considered the implementation of image registration to provide software-side support for RadID. This article demonstrates and evaluates the use of a standard medical image registration procedure for RadID by comparing paranasal sinuses.

Abstract

Image registration software is frequently used in clinical radiology, e.g., for follow-up diagnosis. To a certain extent, the radiological identification of decedents (RadID) is comparable to a clinical follow-up diagnosis, in that two datasets from different dates are compared in terms of their anatomical characteristics (e.g., paranasal sinuses) or surgical implants. Due to the increasing use of computed tomography (CT) for head examinations in clinical radiology and the increased use of postmortem CT (PMCT) in forensic imaging, the comparison of three-dimensional (3D) clinical CT (termed as antemortem CT (AMCT) in this article) and PMCT datasets for RadID is becoming increasingly practical. In particular, the comparison of paranasal sinuses in AMCT and PMCT imaging is considered a suitable and reliable modality for RadID. However, previous publications regarding RadID based on comparisons of 3D datasets have not considered the implementation of image registration to provide software-side support for RadID. This article demonstrates and evaluates the use of a standard medical image registration procedure for RadID by comparing paranasal sinuses.

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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:2018
Deposited On:09 Feb 2018 13:17
Last Modified:20 Feb 2018 09:08
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1752-928X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2017.12.003
PubMed ID:29348074

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