, Volume 127, Issue 2, pp 465-466
Date: 18 Oct 2012

Terminology used in publications for post-mortem cross-sectional imaging

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We write to you today to suggest the need for standardisation of terminology used in the forensic/autopsy journals in the ever increasing number of publications in the emerging field post-mortem cross-sectional imaging. In our opinion, there are too many different terms used currently both as words and/or abbreviations and the time has come to propose within the forensic literature that common terminology be applied to this field. The introduction of standardised terminology is critical, not only for those endeavouring to write and publish their work but also for those attempting to find references by keyword searches. We suggest the following terminology be introduced to initiate the process of standardisation:

  1. Currently, the two modalities emerging as dominant in post-mortem imaging are computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. We propose, as has been adopted within the UK, these be generically referred to as post-mortem cross-sectional imaging, so both modalities are cove ...