Minimally invasive post-mortem CT-angiography in a case involving a gunshot wound

Ruder, Thomas D.; Ross, Steffen; Preiss, Ulrich; Thali, Michael J (2010). Minimally invasive post-mortem CT-angiography in a case involving a gunshot wound. Legal medicine, 12(3), pp. 154-6. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.legalmed.2010.02.005

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Non-contrast post-mortem computed tomography (pm-CT) is useful in the evaluation of bony pathologies, whereas minimally invasive pm-CT-angiography allows for the detection of subtle vascular lesions. We present a case of an accidentally self-inflicted fatal bullet wound to the chest where pm-CT-angiography revealed a small laceration of the anterior interventricular branch of the left coronary artery and a tiny disruption of the right ventricle with pericardial and pleural effusion. Subsequent autopsy confirmed our radiological findings. Post-mortem CT-angiography has a great potential for the detection of vascular lesions and can be considered equivalent to autopsy for selected cases in forensic medicine.

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

UniBE Contributor:

Ruder, Thomas; Ross, Steffen; Preiss, Ulrich and Thali, Michael

ISSN:

1344-6223

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:08

Last Modified:

22 Jul 2014 14:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.legalmed.2010.02.005

PubMed ID:

20307999

Web of Science ID:

000277017500010

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/341 (FactScience: 197630)

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