Category Archives: Forensic radiology

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.

Digital autopsies – how body scanners can transform forensic pathology

E&T Louise Murray Volume 11 Issue 7; 12 July 2016

A quiet revolution is happening in Switzerland, where visionary forensic scientists have joined forces with engineers, radiologists, computer scientists and roboticists to integrate the latest developments in 3D imagery and radiological medical scanning – CT and MRI – and apply them to the understanding of death and its causes. This is the Virtopsy project.

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Shaken baby syndrome accepted as diagnoses by majority of physicians

EurekAlert 22-Jul-2016

Survey data reveals a high degree of medical consensus that shaking a young child is capable of producing subdural hematoma (a life-threatening pooling of blood outside the brain), severe retinal hemorrhage, coma or death, according to a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics.
Recent media reports and judicial decisions have called into question the general acceptance among physicians of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma. General acceptance of concepts in the medical community is a critical factor for admitting medical expert testimony in courts. In cases of child maltreatment, courts often rely on medical expert testimony to establish the most likely cause of a child’s injuries.

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[Article abstract is yet to be published online in the Journal of Pediatrics]


Caboolture toddler Mason Jet Lee died as a result of horrific trauma injuries, Queensland police say

ABC News Josh Bavas 4 July 2016

A toddler found dead north of Brisbane last month had suffered trauma injuries about a week earlier, police have revealed.  Paramedics found 21-month-old Mason Jet Lee dead at a house in Deanne Court at Caboolture in the early hours of June 11.  Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen him in the months prior to his death.

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Conference alert – ANZFSS 23rd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences

18-23 September 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

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How scalpel-free scanners are revolutionising post-mortems

BBC News 14 June 2016

Following a BMJ report published earlier this year which found hospital autopsies are in decline, BBC Radio 5 live has been finding out more about the changing world of post-mortems.

One change to the practice is the development of autopsy scanners, which allow pathologists to look inside bodies without cutting them open.

Claire Walker, who operates one such scanner by private company iGene in Sheffield, said it helped families “avoid an invasive post-mortem” and allowed her to scan a body in “under three minutes”.

The real life version of CSI – experts open up on the secrets of the dead

The Age 14 May 2016

Next week a panel of these forensic crime experts will open up on the world of autopsies, crime scenes, shallow graves and deep secrets.

As part of Law Week, Sisters in Crime Australia will present the gruesomely titled Bones (and Flesh) Never Lie – Or Do They?

In basic terms a top cop (former assistant commissioner Sandra Nicholson) will interview forensic specialists on bones, bodies and teeth to explain how science tells the truth if you ask the right questions.

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Tony McGrath murder trial: Death non-suspicious until bullet found in head

The Courier Mail May 11, 2016

MURDERED rugby league identity Tony McGrath told a close lawyer friend his girlfriend had proposed to him because it was a leap year and later asked him to change his will to her benefit, a court has heard.
Solicitor Geoffrey Mines said he was also called by prostitute Susan Stewart asking about the will after Mr McGrath died in May 2013, the Supreme Court in Brisbane has been told…

Mortuary find leads to murder trial
DETECTIVES investigating the death of rugby league identity Tony McGrath were treating it as non-suspicious until a bullet was found lodged in his head during scans at the mortuary, a court has been told.
Police officers told the Supreme Court in Brisbane when they arrived at Mr McGrath’s Woolloongabba home on May 23, 2013, there were no signs of a struggle.
Officers said they looked at Mr McGrath’s wallet but didn’t interfere with other evidence and his body was taken to the mortuary before CAT scans came back and a homicide investigation was launched.
Read more: 6:21pm May 11, 2016
…Forensic pathologist Dr Alex Olumbe told the court he managed to retrieve a bullet lodged in Mr McGrath’s head that had severed the brain stem – an injury he said caused immediate death…