HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
'Virtual autopsy' helps identify drowning as cause of death

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- "Virtual autopsy" performed with multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) can aid forensics teams in determining if a person has drowned, according to a study published in the June issue of Radiology.

MDCT is comparable to conventional autopsy in demonstrating airway froth and sediment that are indicative of drowning.

"Our findings show that MDCT can be used either to facilitate or reduce the need for conventional autopsy when drowning is the suspected cause of death," said lead author Angela D. Levy, M.D., from the Department of Radiology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

The determination of drowning as a cause of death for a body that is found in water is imperative in forensic investigation because becoming submerged in water may be a secondary rather than primary event. Autopsy findings that support the diagnosis of drowning include but are not limited to frothy fluid in the airways or lungs, hyperinflated and congested lungs, and fluid in the paranasal sinuses or stomach.

There are some advantages to virtual autopsy compared to conventional autopsy. In cases of suspicious death, the procedure does not damage or destroy key forensic evidence, as can happen during a conventional autopsy. In addition, MDCT can be used in situations where autopsy may not be feasible or is prohibited by religious beliefs. However, in most cases, MDCT would best be employed as an adjunct to routine autopsy.

Dr. Levy and colleagues performed total-body MDCT exams on 28 consecutive male drowning victims and a control group of 12 men who were victims of sudden death from coronary artery disease. Following MDCT, routine autopsies were performed.

MDCT images were evaluated for the presence of fluid and sediment in the paranasal sinuses and airways, fluid in the ear, frothy fluid in the airways, obscured "ground-glass" appearance or thickening in the lungs, and swelling
'"/>

Contact: Linda Brooks
lbrooks@rsna.org
630-590-7762
Radiological Society of North America
29-May-2007


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Weill Cornell researchers use Virtual Iraq simulation to study post-traumatic stress disorder
2. Virtual colonoscopy considerably more expensive
3. Virtual asthma clinic helps patients manage disease online
4. Virtual colonoscopy effective in finding most polyps but may miss small ones
5. Device helps physically disabled turn on computer
6. Case study: cross-cultural bioethics training program helps fight African brain drain
7. New drug development facility helps move medicines to market
8. Research shows aerobic exercise helps maintain muscle in elderly
9. Topical retinol helps reduce wrinkles associated with natural skin aging
10. Transplanting human gut bugs into mice helps understanding of metabolic system
11. Quick, innovative procedure helps men minimize incontinence after prostatectomy

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/19/2019)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... April 19, 2019 , ... According ... the United States alone comes with pesticide residue. Pesticides are sprayed on produce to ... and soils are what make up that thin, waxy layer that covers the skin ...
(Date:4/19/2019)... , ... April 18, 2019 , ... Residents in long-term-care ... by outside physicians. This is according to a study of U.S. men ... the auspices of the Brandman Research Institute (BRI) . The quality assurance study ...
(Date:4/18/2019)... ... 18, 2019 , ... Catalent, a global leader in clinical ... Clinical Supplies Group (GCSG) 2019 US Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hill ... 2019. , Erin Vlack, Project Manager, will present a workshop titled “Bridging the ...
(Date:4/18/2019)... MONTPELIER, Vt. (PRWEB) , ... April 18, 2019 ... ... strengthening Vermont’s captive regulation in a variety of areas. This year’s bill proposed ... schedule and improvements to the statute governing group captive investments. The many enhancements ...
(Date:4/18/2019)... ... April 18, 2019 , ... WHAT:, ... for their care. Through the rise of online review sites and healthcare-related searches ... and transparency when making important purchasing decisions online. In order to elevate a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/18/2019)... ... April 18, 2019 , ... Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the ... and awareness, and Ranger Ready Repellents, a new EPA-registered brand of body-worn ... prevention, including the proper use of repellents, to safeguard the public from tick ...
(Date:4/17/2019)... ... April 17, 2019 , ... As an employer do you feel overwhelmed by all of the ... to use? How can you best engage your employees? Do you have the budget for ... Join benefits administration experts Mike Ehrle, SVP of Strategic Partnerships, Hodges-Mace and Jay ...
(Date:4/17/2019)... ... April 17, 2019 , ... ... Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Gateway Health have launched a new program that ... life. , AHN’s Enhanced Pain Management Program brings together a range of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: