Virtopsy - the concept of a centralized database in forensic medicine for analysis and comparison of radiological and autopsy data

Aghayev, E; Staub, L; Dirnhofer, R; Ambrose, T; Jackowski, C; Yen, K; Bolliger, Stephan; Christe, A; Roeder, C; Aebi, M; Thali, MJ (2008). Virtopsy - the concept of a centralized database in forensic medicine for analysis and comparison of radiological and autopsy data. Journal of forensic and legal medicine, 15(3), pp. 135-40. Oxford: Elsevier

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Recent developments in clinical radiology have resulted in additional developments in the field of forensic radiology. After implementation of cross-sectional radiology and optical surface documentation in forensic medicine, difficulties in the validation and analysis of the acquired data was experienced. To address this problem and for the comparison of autopsy and radiological data a centralized database with internet technology for forensic cases was created. The main goals of the database are (1) creation of a digital and standardized documentation tool for forensic-radiological and pathological findings; (2) establishing a basis for validation of forensic cross-sectional radiology as a non-invasive examination method in forensic medicine that means comparing and evaluating the radiological and autopsy data and analyzing the accuracy of such data; and (3) providing a conduit for continuing research and education in forensic medicine. Considering the infrequent availability of CT or MRI for forensic institutions and the heterogeneous nature of case material in forensic medicine an evaluation of benefits and limitations of cross-sectional imaging concerning certain forensic features by a single institution may be of limited value. A centralized database permitting international forensic and cross disciplinary collaborations may provide important support for forensic-radiological casework and research.

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
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Management
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Imaging
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Dirnhofer, Richard; Jackowski, Christian; Bolliger, Stephan; Christe, Andreas; Röder, Christoph and Thali, Michael

ISSN:

1752-928X

ISBN:

18313007

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:54

Last Modified:

06 Aug 2014 15:43

PubMed ID:

18313007

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/23062 (FactScience: 38768)

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