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Rom J Leg Med27(1)22-27(2019)
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Augmenting autopsy through MPMCTA in cases involving stabbing wounds

A. C. Minoiu, P. Genet, I. Mirea, B. Covaliu, E. Minoiu, B. V. Popa, S. Grabherr

Abstract: Post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) is considered to be an useful tool in assessing stabbing injuries, allowing fast location of the lesions, as well as being able to perform an accurate description in relation to the point of entrance, depth and trajectories, especially when vascular lesions are involved. However, PMCT is limited when addressing thin lesions or superficial ones. The authors presented the description of a series of wounds, in cases of stabbing fatalities, which underwent multi-phase postmortem CT angiography (MPMCTA) prior to forensic autopsies. The acquired images were examined through axial views as well as 2D multiplanar and 3D reconstructions. MPMCTA proved to be an important asset in evaluating the wound trajectories and associated lesions, offering useful medico-legal details. When available, MPMCTA should be used as a standard in order to enhance the forensic classic investigation of stabbing deaths.
Keywords: postmortem CT, post mortem CT angiography, stabbing, trajectory, entrance and exit wound, projectile.

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