Developments in Postmortem Imaging

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Rapid technological advancements have propelled imaging in clinical medicine and are now being used in forensic pathology practice. Postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) imaging is becoming a popular tool of forensic pathologists and has started to replace conventional flat-plate imaging. The benefits include a better documentation of injury, precise locations of ballistic evidence, identification, and the analysis of cause of death in persons in whom an autopsy cannot be performed. It will not fully replace the autopsy, but may serve as a very useful adjunct in certain types of deaths (e.g., religious objection to autopsy). The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has a well-regarded and advanced imaging service that includes the routine use of PMCT and a well-defined training curriculum for forensic pathology fellows.


Book Chapter 18 - Developments in postmortem imaging

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