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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1990 Oct;155(4):685-90.

Gunshot wounds: 1. Bullets, ballistics, and mechanisms of injury.

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Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Abstract

The nature and severity of a bullet wound depend on the characteristics of the bullet and of the tissues through which it travels. In addition to the mass and velocity of the bullet, its orientation and whether it fragments or deforms affect the nature of the wound. Two major mechanisms of wounding are described: crushing and stretching of tissue. Understanding the mechanisms by which bullets disrupt tissue can help physicians to evaluate and treat wounds.

PMID:
2119095
DOI:
10.2214/ajr.155.4.2119095
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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