Fatal thoracic impalement on postmortem imaging

Germerott, Tanja; Flach, Patricia M; Furter, Matthias; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Ruder, Thomas D; Thali, Michael J (2011). Fatal thoracic impalement on postmortem imaging. Legal medicine, 13(2), pp. 83-6. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.legalmed.2010.11.001

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In the present paper, the authors describe a case of fatal thoracic impalement in a victim of a road traffic accident, by penetration of a metal handrail. The driver lost control of his car while overtaking three cars. Due to the force of the vehicle collision with a metal railing, the upper cross bar penetrated the front of the car and subsequently the driver was pierced by the center-pillar in the car. Death occurred at the scene of the accident. Postmortem, computed tomography, computed tomography angiography and a magnetic resonance tomography were performed and revealed severe heart destruction and hemorrhage as cause of death. The present case report shows that postmortem imaging might have value as a screening method to decide whether arising forensic questions can be answered just by imaging like in the presented case or if further examinations such as conventional autopsy are required.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Imaging

UniBE Contributor:

Germerott, Tanja; Flach, Patricia; Furter, Matthias; Ampanozi, Garyfalia; Ruder, Thomas and Thali, Michael

ISSN:

1344-6223

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:10

Last Modified:

17 Jul 2014 13:43

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.legalmed.2010.11.001

PubMed ID:

21131226

Web of Science ID:

000287789700005

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/1569 (FactScience: 203345)

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