Suicidal knife wound to the heart: challenges in reconstructing wound channels with post mortem CT and CT-angiography

Ruder, Thomas D.; Ketterer, Thomas; Preiss, Ulrich; Bolliger, Michael; Ross, Steffen; Gotsmy, Walther F; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Germerott, Tanja; Thali, Michael J; Hatch, Gary M (2011). Suicidal knife wound to the heart: challenges in reconstructing wound channels with post mortem CT and CT-angiography. Legal medicine, 13(2), pp. 91-4. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.legalmed.2010.11.005

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We present a case of an individual who stabbed himself through the heart with a large knife. Post mortem computed tomography (CT) and CT-angiography were used to assess the stab channel and to reconstruct the sequence of events. After penetrating injuries to the chest, both the intra-thoracic organs and the injury causing instrument may shift (e.g. from pnemothorax) and render forensic reconstructions more challenging. This case report illustrates the potentials and the pitfalls of CT for the reconstruction of penetrating injures to the chest.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Imaging
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Ruder, Thomas; Ketterer, Thomas; Preiss, Ulrich; Bolliger, Michael; Ross, Steffen; Gotsmy, Walther; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Germerott, Tanja; Thali, Michael and Hatch, Gary

ISSN:

1344-6223

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:10

Last Modified:

29 Jul 2014 16:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.legalmed.2010.11.005

PubMed ID:

21185765

Web of Science ID:

000287789700007

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/1557 (FactScience: 203332)

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