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Korean J Radiol. 2015 Jul-Aug;16(4):798-809. doi: 10.3348/kjr.2015.16.4.798. Epub 2015 Jul 1.

Common Postmortem Computed Tomography Findings Following Atraumatic Death: Differentiation between Normal Postmortem Changes and Pathologic Lesions.

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1
Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655, Japan. ; Department of Radiology, Mutual Aid Association for Tokyo Metropolitan Teachers and Officials, Sanraku Hospital, Tokyo 101-8326, Japan.
2
Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655, Japan.
3
Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655, Japan.

Abstract

Computed tomography (CT) is widely used in postmortem investigations as an adjunct to the traditional autopsy in forensic medicine. To date, several studies have described postmortem CT findings as being caused by normal postmortem changes. However, on interpretation, postmortem CT findings that are seemingly due to normal postmortem changes initially, may not have been mere postmortem artifacts. In this pictorial essay, we describe the common postmortem CT findings in cases of atraumatic in-hospital death and describe the diagnostic pitfalls of normal postmortem changes that can mimic real pathologic lesions.

KEYWORDS:

Autopsy imaging; Forensic radiology; Postmortem CT; Postmortem imaging

PMID:
26175579
PMCID:
PMC4499544
DOI:
10.3348/kjr.2015.16.4.798
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