Differentiation of ante-mortem and post-mortem fractures with MRI: a case report

Ruder, T. D.; Germerott, T.; Thali, M. J.; Hatch, G. M. (2011). Differentiation of ante-mortem and post-mortem fractures with MRI: a case report. British journal of radiology, 84(1000), e75-8. London: British Institute of Radiology 10.1259/bjr/10214495

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We describe a case of a fatal speed flying accident in which the victim was electrocuted, burned and fell from a great height. Post-mortem imaging revealed acute appearing fractures on CT, without bone marrow oedema on MRI. Based on the known clinical imaging findings of bone marrow oedema in acute fractures, we concluded that the speed flyer died from electrocution rather than the fall and that the fractures occurred post-mortem. Radiological imaging augmented the reconstruction of the peri-mortem events. Further research is needed to assess whether bone marrow oedema in acute fractures is a reliable vital sign.

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; Germerott, Tanja; Thali, Michael and Hatch, Gary

ISSN:

0007-1285

Publisher:

British Institute of Radiology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:22

Last Modified:

16 Jul 2014 16:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1259/bjr/10214495

PubMed ID:

21415297

Web of Science ID:

000288499000003

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/7429 (FactScience: 212690)

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