Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 46, Issue 9, pp 1363–1369 | Cite as

ESPR postmortem imaging task force: where we begin

  • Owen J. ArthursEmail author
  • Rick R. van Rijn
  • Elspeth H. Whitby
  • Karl Johnson
  • Elka Miller
  • Martin Stenzel
  • Andrew Watt
  • Ajay Taranath
  • David H. Perry


A new task force on postmortem imaging was established at the annual meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) in Graz, Austria, in 2015. The postmortem task force is separate from the child abuse task force as it covers all aspects of fetal, neonatal and non-forensic postmortem imaging. The main focus of the task force is the guidance and standardization of non-radiographic postmortem imaging, particularly postmortem CT and postmortem MRI. This manuscript outlines the starting point of the task force, with a mission statement, outline of current experience, and short- and long-term goals.


Autopsy Child Computed tomography Imaging Minimally invasive postmortem examination Magnetic resonance imaging Postmortem 



O. J. Arthurs is funded by a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR, United Kingdom) Clinician Scientist Fellow award. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the National Health Service, the NIHR or the Department of Health of the United Kingdom.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Owen J. Arthurs
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Rick R. van Rijn
    • 3
  • Elspeth H. Whitby
    • 4
  • Karl Johnson
    • 5
  • Elka Miller
    • 6
  • Martin Stenzel
    • 7
  • Andrew Watt
    • 8
  • Ajay Taranath
    • 9
  • David H. Perry
    • 10
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK
  2. 2.Institute of Child Health, UCLLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyEmma Children’s Hospital - Academic Medical Center AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Academic unit of Reproductive and Developmental MedicineUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  5. 5.Radiology DepartmentBirmingham Children’s HospitalBirminghamUK
  6. 6.Department of Medical Imaging, Children’s Hospital of Eastern OntarioUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  7. 7.Department of RadiologyUniversity Hospital FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  8. 8.Department of Diagnostic Imaging & Clinical PhysicsThe Royal Hospital for ChildrenGlasgowUK
  9. 9.Department of Medical ImagingWomen’s and Children’s HospitalNorth AdelaideAustralia
  10. 10.Radiology Department, National Women’s Health and Starship Children’s HospitalAuckland City HospitalGraftonNew Zealand

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