Virtual autopsy with multidetector computed tomography of three cases of charred bodies

Francesca Cittadini, Tommaso Tartaglione, Fabio De Giorgio, Antonio Oliva, Matteo Polacco, Paolo D'Alessio, B Zobel, Vl Pascali

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Abstract

Herein, we report a comparison of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and autopsy in the evaluation of three cases of charred human bodies. Interestingly, MDCT identified several findings useful for forensic purposes, including traumatic injuries not related to the fire, relevant vital reaction signs and detection of foreign bodies. Our results, in addition to data gathered in previous studies, indicate that MDCT is an excellent tool for imaging in postmortem investigations and that it has great potential for the forensic documentation and examination of charred bodies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalMedicine, Science and the Law
Volume50
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Autopsy
  • Burns
  • Foreign Bodies
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wounds and Injuries

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