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Images in Forensic Thanatology

  • Magdy Kharoshah
  • Dalia Alsaif
  • Marwa Al Bayat
  • Ghada Al Shamsi
  • Kholoud Alsowayigh
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Abstract

It is universally acknowledged that imaging techniques occupy a prominent role in forensic medicine. Antemortem and postmortem radiograph comparison is a common procedure carried out by forensic anthropologists and odonatologists to verify the identity of human remains. X-rays, in particular, comprise an essential component of the majority of medicolegal investigations, where they are used to detect foreign bodies and air embolism, as well as provide evidence of fractures and other forms of injury. In addition, whole-body radiography offers crucial assistance in the early detection of potentially dangerous objects, such as unexploded incendiary devices or bullets that have not been activated which, if undiscovered, could result in the forensic investigator sustaining significant injury. Radiological studies perform a vital function in diagnosing intentional injury across the age span. Furthermore, the requirement to provide noninvasive procedures is escalating. This need arises in specific situations where, for cultural or religious reasons, some individuals are opposed to more traditional postmortem examinations.

Keywords

Forensic radiology Forensic thanatology Identification Asphyxia Drowning Child abuse Motor vehicle collision Body packers Firearm injuries 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Magdy Kharoshah
    • 1
  • Dalia Alsaif
    • 1
  • Marwa Al Bayat
    • 1
  • Ghada Al Shamsi
    • 1
  • Kholoud Alsowayigh
    • 2
  1. 1.Dammam Forensic Medicine CenterDammamKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Jeddah Forensic Medicine CenterJeddahKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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