Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 517–526 | Cite as

Normal pediatric postmortem CT appearances

  • Willemijn M. Klein
  • Dennis G. H. Bosboom
  • Desiree H. J. L. M. Koopmanschap
  • Rutger A. J. Nievelstein
  • Peter G. J. Nikkels
  • Rick R. van Rijn
Minisymposium: Post Mortem Imaging


Postmortem radiology is a rapidly developing specialty that is increasingly used as an adjunct to or substitute for conventional autopsy. The goal is to find patterns of disease and possibly the cause of death. Postmortem CT images bring to light processes of decomposition most radiologists are unfamiliar with. These postmortem changes, such as the formation of gas and edema, should not be mistaken for pathological processes that occur in living persons. In this review we discuss the normal postmortem thoraco-abdominal changes and how these appear on CT images, as well as how to differentiate these findings from those of pathological processes.


Postmortem Fetus Child Whole-body computed tomography Forensic imaging 


Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willemijn M. Klein
    • 1
  • Dennis G. H. Bosboom
    • 1
  • Desiree H. J. L. M. Koopmanschap
    • 1
  • Rutger A. J. Nievelstein
    • 2
  • Peter G. J. Nikkels
    • 3
  • Rick R. van Rijn
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Nuclear MedicineRadboud University Medical CenterNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUniversity Medical Center UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of PathologyUniversity Medical Center UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyAcademic Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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