Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, Dec, 2014, Vol.10(4), p.607(6)
Byline: Mattias Kettner (1,2), Stefan Potente (2), Boris Schulz (3), Peter Knauff (4), Peter H. Schmidt (5), Frank Ramsthaler (5) Keywords: Forensic medicine; Forensic radiology; Micro-CT; Manual strangulation; Decomposition Abstract: Postmortem computed tomography (CT) is now routinely performed in forensic autopsies. Microfocus computed tomography (mfCT) has attracted recent attention because it can provide more detailed information than routine postmortem CT can. This feasibility study evaluated the usefulness of mfCT for examination of the hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage in cases of suspected strangulation, where advanced decomposition precludes detection of petechial hemorrhages and hemorrhages adjacent to fractures. The results show that mfCT was useful for identification of thin fracture lines in the fragile laryngeal structures. We suggest that mfCT should be considered for forensic autopsies in cases of suspected strangulation with advanced decomposition. Author Affiliation: (1) Department of Experimental Forensic Medicine, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Saarland University Medical School, Kirrbergerstr. 100/Building 42, 66424, Homburg/Saar, Germany (2) Institute of Forensic Medicine, Frankfurt University Medical School, Frankfurt/M., Germany (3) Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Frankfurt University Medical School, Frankfurt/M., Germany (4) Ctm-do GmbH, Dortmund, Germany (5) Department of Forensic Medicine, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Saarland University Medical School, Homburg/Saar, Germany Article History: Registration Date: 06/06/2014 Accepted Date: 06/06/2014 Online Date: 15/08/2014
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