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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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Virtopsy Computed Tomography in Trauma: Normal Postmortem Changes and Pathologic Spectrum of Findings.
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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:
However, a virtopsy (virtual autopsy) is a minimally invasive alternative that can produce an efficient autopsy.
(51) Virtopsy proved unsatisfactory when diagnosing trauma to internal organs.
Virtopsy also arguably provides numerous advantages over conventional autopsy in the courtroom.
Virtopsy hemorrhage of the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle by blunt force to the neck in postmortem multislice computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
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