Usefulness and limitations of postmortem computed tomography in forensic analysis of gunshot injuries: Three case reports

Akihito Usui, Yusuke Kawasumi, Yoshiyuki Hosokai, Masataka Kozakai, Haruo Saito, Masato Funayama

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Abstract

Gunshot injury has always been an important field of investigation in postmortem forensic radiology. The localization and retrieval of the bullet and of potentially important fragments are vital to these cases. Using postmortem multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) prior to forensic autopsy, we sought to illustrate the importance of this modality in the noninvasive characterization of gunshot wounds. We obtained and analyzed MDCT images in three cases of gunshot wounds (accidental close-range shotgun shooting, suicidal contact gunshot to the head and accidental long-range buckshot shooting). We discuss the value of postmortem MDCT findings in gunshot wound cases by comparing with forensic autopsy findings in Japan, a developing country with miserably low autopsy rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalLegal Medicine
Volume18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Autopsy
  • Multidetector-row computed tomography
  • Penetrating
  • Wounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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