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Virtopsy - the concept of a centralized database in forensic medicine for analysis and comparison of radiological and autopsy data.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18313007     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent developments in clinical radiology have resulted in additional developments in the field of forensic radiology. After implementation of cross-sectional radiology and optical surface documentation in forensic medicine, difficulties in the validation and analysis of the acquired data was experienced. To address this problem and for the comparison of autopsy and radiological data a centralized database with internet technology for forensic cases was created. The main goals of the database are (1) creation of a digital and standardized documentation tool for forensic-radiological and pathological findings; (2) establishing a basis for validation of forensic cross-sectional radiology as a non-invasive examination method in forensic medicine that means comparing and evaluating the radiological and autopsy data and analyzing the accuracy of such data; and (3) providing a conduit for continuing research and education in forensic medicine. Considering the infrequent availability of CT or MRI for forensic institutions and the heterogeneous nature of case material in forensic medicine an evaluation of benefits and limitations of cross-sectional imaging concerning certain forensic features by a single institution may be of limited value. A centralized database permitting international forensic and cross disciplinary collaborations may provide important support for forensic-radiological casework and research.
Emin Aghayev; Lukas Staub; Richard Dirnhofer; Tony Ambrose; Christian Jackowski; Kathrin Yen; Stephan Bolliger; Andreas Christe; Christoph Roeder; Max Aebi; Michael J Thali
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-10-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic and legal medicine     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1752-928X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-03     Completed Date:  2008-07-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101300022     Medline TA:  J Forensic Leg Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bern, Buehlstrasse 20, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Databases, Factual*
Forms and Records Control
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
User-Computer Interface

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