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.

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…

Forensic technique developed by Brisbane researcher helps identify missing soldiers

ABC News 3 May 2016

A forensic technique developed by a Queensland researcher is being used to identify the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War, speeding up the rate of identification and returning the fallen to their families.

University of Queensland forensic anthropologist Carl Stephan, who also is creating Australia’s first skeleton library, developed the chest radiograph comparison analysis technique during a five-year fellowship at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii from 2008-2013.

He now serves as a consultant to the agency.

The technique uses chest radiographs to identify remains that cannot be identified using DNA, because of the embalming process the bones were put through during original examinations in the mid-1950s.

Job insecurity is driving the best and brightest out of medical research

Brisbane Times Anna Patty April 29 2016

Darren Saunders was developing a cure for pancreatic cancer when he gave up his medical research job to find one that was more secure.
The constant stress of going from contract to contract each year and spending precious time applying for research grants finally took its toll.

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Body of Maurice Shutter surfaces in Lake Eacham 18 months after disappearance

ABC News Sharnie Kim 27 April 2016

Police have confirmed a body recovered from a far north Queensland lake last week is that of missing man Maurice Shutter.
Mr Shutter, 56, disappeared while paddling across Lake Eacham in an inflatable raft in November 2014, sparking a 26-day search of the popular swimming spot.
Police said the surfacing of the body after 18 months was very unusual, and the case would reshape their understanding of water searches.
Detective Inspector Geoff Marsh said the northern coroner made the identification on Wednesday, based on clothing and dental records as well as the post-mortem examination.

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Lake Eacham body find could open up another mystery

Brisbane Times 27 April 2016

The recent discovery of a body in a picturesque volcanic lake, where a man disappeared more than a year ago, may open one mystery as it solves another.

Italy begins operations to retrieve refugee bodies from 2015 shipwreck

DW Manasi Gopalakrishnan 20.04.2016

Last year, a ship carrying around 800 asylum seekers sank off the coast of Libya, killing all except a handful of migrants. Now Rome has begun a challenging operation to retrieve the vessel and identify the refugees.
At least 400 dead migrants could be present in the hold of the vessel that rests on the sea floor 375 meters deep, 157 kilometers off the Libyan coast, Italy’s special envoy for missing persons, Prefect Vittorio Piscitelli, said in Rome. “These are estimated numbers, but we do not rule out surprises,” the dpa news agency quoted him as saying.
In the months following the sinking on April 18, 2015, Italian teams had rescued 28 people and found 169 bodies. The new operation focused on finding the rest of the victims. No estimates were available on the costs until now.
In the latest efforts, the Italian navy, or Marina Militare, was going to lift up the vessel, cover it and refrigerate it to preserve the bodies. This would then be shipped to NATO’s Melilli base in Sicily, where forensic experts from Piscitelli’s team would try to trace the victims’ origins.

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