Role of virtopsy in the postmortem diagnosis of drowning
- Authors: Vernuccio, F.; LO RE, G.; Picone, D.; Galfano, M.; Argo, A.; Zerbo, S.; Sortino, C.; Procaccianti, P.; Midiri, M.
- Publication year: 2014
- Type: Proceedings (TIPOLOGIA NON ATTIVA)
- Key words: virtopsy, drowning, postmortem diagnosis, CT
- OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/101020
Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury related deaths. The autopsy diagnosis of drowning is one of the major problems in forensic medicine, especially when there is delay in recovering the corpse. The main limit in the diagnosis of drowning is that even if a body is recovered from sea water, it may not have drowned and the proof that death was due to drowning may constitute a difficult problem to solve in forensic medicine. Due to the admitted limits of autopsy-based studies in the diagnosis of drowning, virtopsy is considered the new imaging horizon in these post-mortem studies[3-6]. The aim of our study was to evaluate the role of virtopsy performed through CT in forensic diagnosis of drowning.