A case of fatal sigmoid volvulus visualized on postmortem radiography: The importance of image optimization with multidetector computed tomography

Akihito Usui, Yusuke Kawasumi, Yoshiyuki Hosokai, Yuya Ishizuka, Tomoya Ikeda, Haruo Saito, Masato Funayama

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Abstract

This report describes the case of a man who developed fatal sigmoid volvulus that was identified on postmortem radiography before forensic autopsy. Postmortem radiography is useful for visualizing the body prior to autopsy. We discuss postmortem multidetector computed tomography that was tailored for optimum image quality to allow reconstruction of the fatal findings in multiple axes and in three dimensions, helping to pinpoint the anatomical sites of interest. This involves techniques such as manipulation of the scanning beam pitch and overlapping CT section acquisition. These techniques are best performed by personnel with CT technology training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-34
Number of pages3
JournalLegal Medicine
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 1

Keywords

  • Autopsy
  • Colon
  • Intestinal volvulus
  • Multidetector computed tomography
  • Sigmoid
  • Sigmoid diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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