Grading rigor mortis with myotonometry--a new possibility to estimate time of death.

Abstract

Myotonometry has been applied to grade rigor mortis. The myotonometer is a hand-held instrument which gives a mechanical impact against the muscle. The muscle responds with a damped vibration which is registered and treated mathematically. The period and the logarithmic decrement of decay of the vibrations were found to change with the development of rigor… (More)

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