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Essentials of Forensic Imaging

A Text-Atlas, 1st Edition

By Angela D. Levy, H. Theodore Harcke, Jr.

CRC Press

282 pages | 162 Color Illus.

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Forensic imaging with multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and other cross-sectional imaging modalities is a rapidly evolving field. Understanding the pathological basis of disease and death is fundamental to the interpretation of radiologic images. Forming a bridge between these distinct disciplines, Essentials of Forensic Imaging: A Text-Atlas brings the long tradition of radiologic pathologic correlation to forensic radiology and autopsy.

Providing readers with a technical and interpretive foundation for applying modern cross-sectional imaging to forensic autopsy, the book integrates more than 300 color autopsy photographs with postmortem MDCT and radiography in a topical format. Organized by cause of death, the rich pictorial display of case material that accompanies the text establishes a contextual understanding. Readers can learn the diagnostic value of imaging applied to forensic autopsy by correlating specific causes of death with their respective forensic and radiologic principles. Causes of death covered in this practical volume include:

  • Gunshot wounds
  • Blunt force injury
  • Fire and burn injury
  • Blast injury
  • Drowning and other deaths in water
  • Suicide
  • Natural causes
  • Asphyxia
  • Electrocution

As forensic imaging becomes more advanced, the possibilities for its use in autopsy continue to grow, as do the opportunities for application in related areas. In the final chapter, these expert authors also discuss the use of MDCT in the assessment of medical intervention, exhumation and second autopsy, and anthropology.

Reviews

"Essentials of Forensic Imaging far surpasses the few previous texts on the topic, both as a reference and as an atlas. … I highly recommend the addition of Essentials of Forensic Imaging to the library of every forensic practice, and the text should become a standard reference for radiologists interested in death investigation."

—James L. Caruso, Journal of Forensic Sciences, September 2011

"The work is very well done and makes a significant contribution to the literature on the topic … . [It] addresses, and is applicable to, the whole range of forensic autopsies. The printing and illustration quality is outstanding."

—Joel Lichtenstein, M.D., University of Washington

"As the number of traditional autopsies continues to decline and as imaging technology becomes ever more sophisticated, radiological procedures, particularly multi-detector computed tomography, are being adapted for death investigation. These methods have demonstrated importance for detection and documentation of anatomic and pathologic alterations in the setting of un-natural death. … The book is unusually well illustrated through correlation of photographs and radiological images of the highest quality. … The book is certain to find extended use in training programs and daily death investigation and documentation."

—William A. Murphy, Jr., M.D., Professor of Radiology and John S. Dunn, Sr. Distinguished Chair in Diagnostic Imaging, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

"I believe that the book will be useful for practicing forensic pathologists. The numerous examples covering a wide variety of forensic cases … illustrate the value of imaging techniques in medicolegal death investigation."

—Dr. John Butts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Table of Contents

Introduction to Forensic Imaging

Principles of Forensic Autopsy

Role of Radiology in Forensic Autopsy

Role of Imaging in the Determination of Cause, Mechanism, and Manner of Death

Integrating Imaging and Autopsy

Integrating Cross-Sectional Imaging into a Forensic Environment

Workflow

Advantages and Limitations

Technical Considerations

Radiography

C-Arm Fluoroscopy

Multidetector Computed Tomography

Angiography and Multidetector Computed Tomography Angiography

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Ultrasound

Radiology Reporting

Postmortem Change and Decomposition

Forensic Principles

Autopsy Findings

Livor Mortis

Rigor Mortis

Algor Mortis

Decomposition

Radiologic Principles

Imaging Findings

Gunshot Wounds

Forensic Principles

Ballistics Autopsy Findings

Radiologic Principles

Entry and Exit Wounds

Wound Tracks

Penetrating Gunshot Wounds

Perforating Gunshot Wounds

Special Cases

Blunt Force Injury

Forensic Principles

Wound Classification

Autopsy Findings

Craniocerebral Injuries

Thoracoabdominal Injuries

Spine, Pelvic, and Extremity Injuries

Radiologic Principles

Goals of Imaging

Imaging Findings

Death from Fire and Burns

Forensic Principles

Classification and Prognosis of Burns

Autopsy Findings

Radiologic Principles

Goals of Imaging

Imaging Findings

Blast Injury

Forensic Principles

Explosion

Blast Injury Mechanisms

Autopsy Findings

Radiologic Principles

Goals of Imaging

Imaging Findings

Sharp Force Injury

Forensic Principles

Wound Classification

Autopsy Findings

Radiologic Principles

Goals of Imaging

Imaging Findings

Death by Drowning and Bodies Found in Water

Forensic Principles

Physiology of Drowning

Autopsy Findings

Radiologic Principles

Goals of Imaging

Imaging Findings

Differential Diagnosis

Suicide

Forensic Principles

Autopsy Findings

Radiologic Principles

Goals of Imaging

Imaging Findings

Natural Death

Forensic Principles

Autopsy Findings

Cardiovascular Disease

Intracranial and Cerebrovascular Disease

Respiratory Disease

Intra-Abdominal Hemorrhage

Radiologic Principles

Goals of Imaging

Imaging Findings

Other Causes of Death

Asphyxia

Forensic Principles

Autopsy Findings

Radiologic Principles

Imaging Findings

Electrocution

Child Abuse and Elder Abuse

Beyond Standard Autopsy

Assessment of Medical Intervention

Exhumation and Second Autopsy

Anthropology

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
MED080000
MEDICAL / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics