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

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.

DOI: 10.3348/kjr.2015.16.4.798

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@inproceedings{Ishida2015CommonPC, title={Common Postmortem Computed Tomography Findings Following Atraumatic Death: Differentiation between Normal Postmortem Changes and Pathologic Lesions}, author={Masanori Ishida and Wataru Gonoi and Hidemi Okuma and Go Shirota and Yukako Shintani and Hiroyuki Abe and Yutaka Takazawa and Masashi Fukayama and Kuni Ohtomo}, booktitle={Korean journal of radiology}, year={2015} }