Postmortem Computed Tomography Imaging and Autopsy in Penetrating Neck Injury Case: A Comparative Study

Authors

  • Babulal Chaudhary
  • Ankit Kumar
  • Pankaj Sharma
  • Abhishek Yadav
  • Rishi Sharma

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v22i3.3299

Keywords:

Virtopsy; virtual autopsy; neck injury; stab; postmortem imaging; postmortem examination

Abstract

Objective: This study compares and contrasts traditional autopsy with postmortem computed tomography in a homicide case of penetrating neck injury.
Method: Autopsy and postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) findings were compared.
Results: PMCT demonstrates the presence of air embolism, surgical emphysema, the direction of the wound, entry, and weapon trajectory. Autopsy proved helpful in terms of external examination.
Conclusion: PMCT was superior to the internal inspection at autopsy in the presented case and has added value for detecting additional findings regarding the cause of death. However, a combination of both techniques increases the quality of postmortem evaluation.

Author Biographies

Babulal Chaudhary

Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh-249203, Uttarakhand, India.
Medical Director, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital (DDUH), New Delhi-110064, India.

Ankit Kumar

Senior resident, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh-249203, Uttarakhand, India.

Pankaj Sharma

Associate professor, Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh-249203, Uttarakhand, India

Abhishek Yadav

Additional professor Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),New Delhi-110029, Delhi, India.

Rishi Sharma

PhD Scholar, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh-249203, Uttarakhand, India.

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Published

2022-08-16

How to Cite

Babulal Chaudhary, Ankit Kumar, Pankaj Sharma, Abhishek Yadav, & Rishi Sharma. (2022). Postmortem Computed Tomography Imaging and Autopsy in Penetrating Neck Injury Case: A Comparative Study. Medico Legal Update, 22(3), 1–8. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v22i3.3299