Postmortem-computed tomography and postmortem-computed tomography–angiography: a focused update

Francesco Paolo Busardò, Paola Frati, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Giampaolo Grilli, Antonio Pinto, Antonio Rotondo, Valeria Panebianco, Vittorio Fineschi

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The use of multidetector CT (MDCT) represents a reality routinely used in several forensic institutes, for the numerous advantages that this diagnostic tool can provide; costs are becoming increasingly lower; data acquisition is always faster and once acquired may be revalued at any time. However, there are also some diagnostic limitations, for example, the visualization of the vascular system or a limited soft tissue contrast. In order to overcome these limitations, in recent years, contrast medium has been introduced in postmortem cases, with the development of several techniques of PMCT angiography (PMCTA) and standardized protocols to make them easily reproducible. The aim of this review is to highlight the advantages and pitfalls of PMCT and PMCTA in forensic investigation, taking into consideration the broad spectrum of applications both for natural and unnatural deaths and the numerous methods currently used. Secondly, in the light of the considerable progress in this field and the attempt to develop standardized protocols of PMCTA, the authors aim to evaluate the diagnostic value of PMCTA in comparison both to PMCT and conventional autopsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810-823
Number of pages14
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 25 2015


  • Postmortem angiography
  • Postmortem-computed tomography
  • Postmortem-computed tomography–angiography
  • Virtopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)


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