Virtopsy versus autopsia digitale: autopsia virtuosa

Translated title of the contribution: Virtopsy versus digital autopsy: Virtuous autopsy

C. Pomara, V. Fineschi, G. Scalzo, G. Guglielmi

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Multislice computed tomography (MSCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are being increasingly implemented in forensic pathology. These methods may serve as an adjuvant to classic forensic autopsies. Imaging of the interior of corpses is performed using MSCT and/or MRI. MRI, in addition, is also well suited to the examination of surviving victims of assault, especially choking, and helps visualise internal injuries sometimes not seen on external examination of the victim. Various postprocessing techniques can provide strong forensic evidence for use in legal proceedings. The documentation and analysis of postmortem findings with MSCT and MRI and postprocessing techniques (virtopsy) is investigator independent, objective and noninvasive and will lead to qualitative improvements in forensic pathologic investigation. Apart from the accuracy and three dimensionality that conventional documentations lack, these techniques allow for the re-examination of the corpse and the crime scene even decades later, after burial of the corpse and liberation of the crime scene. We believe that this virtual, noninvasive or minimally invasive approach will improve forensic medicine in the near future.

Translated title of the contributionVirtopsy versus digital autopsy: Virtuous autopsy
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)1367-1382
Number of pages16
JournalRadiologia Medica
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Medicine(all)


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