Virtual three-dimensional reconstruction of the antemortem posture by postmortem computed tomography

Yoshiyuki Hosokai, Akihito Usui, Yusuke Kawasumi, Yoshie Hayashizaki, Masato Funayama, Haruo Saito

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Abstract

An elderly woman was found dead in the aftermath of a fire. External inspection before autopsy showed no abnormal posture or hypermobility of the spine. Postmortem computed tomography and autopsy revealed a severe disruption of the 11th thoracic vertebra with extensive lordosis of the cervical spine and hyperkyphosis of the thoracic spine. The antemortem posture was able to be virtually rebuilt, clearly depicting the initial vertebral malposition. This led to a better understanding by lay people and helped in determination of the cause of death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-217
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 1

Keywords

  • Forensic radiology
  • Postmortem computed tomography
  • Postmortem imaging
  • Three-dimensional images
  • Vertebral disruption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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