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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 148-151

Comparative analysis of CT virtual autopsy and traditional autopsy: A report of 3 cases


1 Department of Forensic Medicine, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
2 Department of Radiology, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, Tianjin, China
3 Department of Radiology, Liyuan Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
4 Department of Radiology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Correspondence Address:
Yiwu Zhou
Department of Forensic Medicine, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfsm.jfsm_71_20

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The objective of the study is to compare the results of virtual autopsy and traditional autopsy and then to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of them. three cases with postmortem computed tomography (CT) examination and autopsy were selected. The CT images were sent to radiologists for interpretation and were compared with autopsy results. In the cases of death in traffic accidents, the two examination conclusions are relatively consistent; in the cases of sudden cardiac death, the information provided by virtual autopsy is limited; virtual autopsy has more strength on showing some lesions such as pneumatosis and fracture. Virtual autopsy has high application value in traffic accident cases, while its application in some sudden death cases remains to be improved.


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