Letters Imaging the dead

Can supplement but not replace autopsy in medicolegal death investigation

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7415 (Published 30 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7415
  1. Christopher J O’Donnell, consultant radiologist1,
  2. Noel Woodford, forensic pathologist1
  1. 1Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Southbank, VIC 3006, Australia
  1. chrisodonnell{at}optusnet.com.au

Watts’s article asks “could a routine radiological autopsy service ever be introduced in the UK?”1 Medicolegal death investigation is complex, and autopsy has a prominent but not exclusive role. At our forensic institution, postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) is routine and forms part of …

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