Postmortem computed tomography images of a broken piece of a weapon in the skull

Yusuke Kawasumi, Yoshiyuki Hosokai, Akihito Usui, Haruo Saito, Tadashi Ishibashi, Masato Funayama

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The use of post-mortem radiological imaging is becoming increasing widespread in forensic medicine. These images can help improve the quality and safety of autopsy. We report two cases of homicide victims that had broken pieces of a weapon in their skull. Postmortem multislice computed tomography (MSCT) demonstrated metal artifacts in the skull of two homicide cases. Autopsy showed that both artifacts were pieces broken off of a sharp instrument. Some possible benefits of postmortem MSCT include the ability to reconstruct visual images of weapons and the possible prevention of injury to autopsy personnel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Radiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb


  • Foreign bodies
  • Forensics
  • Postmortem CT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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