Virtopsy


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A project in begun at the University of Berne using CT and a permutation of MRI known as quantitative synthetic MRI to examine sudden and/or suspicious (‘forensic’) deaths and document injuries due to burning, and forensically relevant vital reactions—e.g., air embolism, blood aspiration
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From the Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine (Drs Flach, Ross, Bolliger, Preiss, Thali, and Spendlove) and the Department of Radiology, Inselspital Bern (Dr Flach), University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
Flach, MD, Centre for Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buhlstrasse 20, 3012 Bern, Switzerland (e-mail: patricia.
However, a virtopsy (virtual autopsy) is a minimally invasive alternative that can produce an efficient autopsy.
Virtopsy also arguably provides numerous advantages over conventional autopsy in the courtroom.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Virtopsy Foundation, Bern, Switzerland.
Virtopsy hemorrhage of the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle by blunt force to the neck in postmortem multislice computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.