Category Archives: Forensic radiology

Includes VIRTUAL AUTOPSY and VIRTOPSY.
Computed tomography, CT scans or x-rays used in lieu of (or to assist) post mortems.
Journal articles will include experimental studies, case studies.
EXCLUDES case studies where patient had a CT scan PRIOR to death.

Warning over forensic science work

BBC News 21 January 2015

Forensic science standards risk slipping since work was transferred to in-house police labs and private firms, the spending watchdog has warned.

The National Audit Office said there was too little data on forensic services used by forces and companies risked being pushed out of the market.

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View full-text of National Audit Office report (12 pp)

Privatisation of forensic services ‘threat to justice’ and putting the work in police hands would be ‘disastrous,’ warn experts (The Independent)

Top 5 under 40 – giving a voice to science thinkers

University of NSW 3 December 2014

UNSW and ABC Radio National today launched Top 5 under 40, an exciting initiative to discover a new generation of science thinkers and give them a voice.

Applications are now open for outstanding early-career researchers under the age of 40 who are working in Australian universities and research institutions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research.

Apply now: Early-career researchers who meet the scheme’s criteria have until Friday 16 January 2015 to  apply online.

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Scanner replaces scalpel in post-mortem revolution

The Independent [UK] Charlie Cooper 31 December 2014

A new firm is offering families digital autopsies rather than invasive procedures.  Mr Ash Govind is the vice- president of a company called iGene. A year ago, it opened the UK’s first centre for digital autopsy – post-mortems carried out with a scanner, not a scalpel.

iGene – an offshoot of the Malaysian tech company Infovalley – now has three digital autopsy centres in England at Sheffield, Bradford and Sandwell. Each is equipped with CT scanners like those used to scan patients in hospitals. It is planning to open up in London, Wales and other areas in the near future.

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Local ‘body farm’ to allow Australian researchers to study decomposing human corpses

ABC News Bridget Brennan 19 November 2014

An American-style “body farm” will be made available to Australian researchers for the first time to allow them to study decomposing cadavers.
A new secure facility will be built on a patch of land owned by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
The facility will be set up in an undisclosed location in the Hawkesbury Region on the outskirts of Sydney.
It will be the first of its kind outside of the United States, where so-called body farms have been used for decades.
Until now, Australian researchers have had to rely on data from body farms in the US.
Forensic experts said they would now be able to conduct local research to assist Australian police investigations.

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Update: Human remains confirmed, Rockhampton

QPS News October 28, 2014

Rockhampton detectives have confirmed, human remains found late last week, were that of Robert Martinez.  Continue reading…

A $600,000 autopsy scanner has arrived at the John Hunter Hospital making it the first in the state to acquire one

Newcastle Herald ASHLEIGH GLEESON Sept. 24, 2014

THE Hunter’s forensic department has a new piece of machinery that can create a 3D reconstruction of a person’s body, reducing the need to cut it open to find out the cause of death.
The department of forensic medicine, next to John Hunter Hospital, has become the first place in NSW to receive a $600,000 CT scanner which provides 3D detail of bones, internal tissue and organs.
The department carries out post-mortem examinations on about 1750 bodies each year, covering a region which spans from Gosford to the Queensland border, meaning it reports to dozens of coroners.

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Spotlight on forensics

ABC Brisbane Radio 612 Interview 18 September 2014

Forensic science has never been so glamorous.
Crime shows like CSI, NCIS, Bones and Sherlock have helped make the science behind crime busting intriguing.
Which is probably a double-edged sword for real scientists….it’s great to have some professional acknowledgement but it gets a little frustrating hearing “but they did it on CSI”.
Wikipedia actually names the term the “CSI effect”, also known as the “CSI infection” or “CSI syndrome” – which refers to the impact the exaggerated potrayal of forensic science has on public perception.
So what’s it really like to be a forensic scientist, and what exactly do they do?
Kelly spoke to Greg Shaw (pictured), the Director of Forensic and Scientific Services for Queensland Health. She also spoke to Dr Bradley Schatz, a forensic computer scientist.

Link to Interview