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Radiology in Forensic Medicine

From Identification to Post-mortem Imaging

  • Examines both radiological and forensic aspects in clinical practice

  • Presents the latest technologies applied to the forensic field

  • Useful for residents in forensic medicine and radiology, as well as for lawyers, investigative enforcement agencies and police special corps

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Table of contents (29 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. A Brief History of Forensic Radiology

    • Roberto Lagalla
    Pages 1-2
  3. Medicolegal Aspects of Forensic Radiology

    • Claudio Buccelli, Massimo Niola, Pierpaolo Di Lorenzo
    Pages 15-18
  4. Imaging Techniques for Forensic Radiology in Living Individuals

    • Alfonso Reginelli, Anna Russo, Elisa Micheletti, Roberto Picascia, Antonio Pinto, Sabrina Giovine et al.
    Pages 19-27
  5. Imaging Techniques for Postmortem Forensic Radiology

    • Gaia Cartocci, Alessandro Santurro, Paola Frati, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Raffaele La Russa, Vittorio Fineschi
    Pages 29-42
  6. Interpretation of Diagnostic Imaging for Medicolegal Issues

    • Federica Vernuccio, Giuseppe Lo Re, Stefania Zerbo, Federico Midiri, Dario Picone, Sergio Salerno et al.
    Pages 55-62
  7. Forensic Radiology and Identification

    • Danilo De Angelis, Carmelo Messina, Luca Sconfienza, Francesco Sardanelli, Cristina Cattaneo, Daniele Gibelli
    Pages 63-85
  8. The Essential of Bone Histology for Forensic Applications

    • Giovanni Francesco Spatola, Maria Laura Uzzo, Antonietta Lanzarone, Donatella Piscionieri, Daniele Daricello, Stefania Zerbo
    Pages 87-92
  9. Lethal Traumatic Injuries due to Traffic Accidents

    • S. Zerbo, A. Di Piazza, S. Procaccianti, E. Ventura Spagnolo, G. Lo Re
    Pages 93-106
  10. Violence and Abuse: Battered Child

    • Antonina Argo, Giuseppe Lo Re, Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Alberto Calandra, Marija Čaplinskiené, Agata Crapanzano et al.
    Pages 107-131
  11. Domestic Violence

    • Magdy Kharoshah, Mohammed Gaballah, Manal Bamousa, Kholoud Alsowayigh
    Pages 133-143
  12. Imaging and Elderly Abuses

    • Eric Baccino, Maisy Lossois
    Pages 145-155
  13. Forensic Radiology: Penetrating Versus Non-penetrating Trauma

    • Giuseppe Bertozzi, Francesca Maglietta, Monica Salerno, Francesco Pio Caffarelli
    Pages 157-168
  14. Imaging for Ballistic Trauma: Other Applications of Forensic Imaging in the Living

    • Salvatore Serraino, Livio Milone, Dario Picone, Antonina Argo, Sergio Salerno, Massimo Midiri
    Pages 169-180
  15. Body Packing

    • Antonio Pinto, Alfonso Reginelli, Anna Russo, Giuseppina Fabozzi, Sabrina Giovine, Luigia Romano
    Pages 181-188
  16. Occupational Diseases: Asbestosis and Mesothelioma in Forensic Practice

    • Ambra Di Piazza, Antonina Argo, Edoardo Scalici, Antonio Guajana, Dario Picone, Giuseppe Lo Re
    Pages 189-195
  17. Lie Detection: fMRI

    • Giuseppe La Tona, Maria Chiara Terranova, Federica Vernuccio, Giuseppe Lo Re, Sergio Salerno, Stefania Zerbo et al.
    Pages 197-202
  18. Conventional Radiology for Postmortem Imaging

    • Stefano D’Errico, Diana Bonuccelli, Massimo Martelloni, Giuseppe Guglielmi
    Pages 203-208

About this book

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the forensic and radiological aspects of pathological findings, focusing on the most relevant medico-legal issues, such as virtual autopsy (virtopsy), anthropometric identification, post-mortem decomposition features and the latest radiological applications used in forensic investigations.  Forensic medicine and radiology are becoming increasingly relevant in the international medical and legal field as they offer essential techniques for determining cause of death and for anthropometric identification. This is highly topical in light of public safety and economic concerns arising as a result of mass migration and international tensions. 

The book discusses the latest technologies applied in the forensic field, in particular computed tomography and magnetic resonance, which are continuously being updated.  Radiological techniques are fundamental in rapidly providing a full description of the damage inflicted to add to witness and medical testimonies, and forensic/radiological anthropology   supplies valuable evidence in cases of violence and abuse.

Written by international experts, it is of interest to students and residents in forensic medicine and radiology. It also presents a new approach to forensic investigation for lawyers and police special corps as well as law enforcement agencies.


  • Virtopsy
  • forensic imaging
  • anthropology
  • tanatology
  • post-mortem
  • computed tomography virtopsy
  • MRI virtopsy
  • Identification

Editors and Affiliations

  • Policlinico Paolo Giaccone Radiology Department, Palermo, Italy

    Giuseppe Lo Re

  • Department of Health Promotion, Maternal and Child Care, Policlinico Giaccone, Palermo, Italy

    Antonina Argo

  • Institute of Radiology University Hospital, Palermo, Italy

    Massimo Midiri

  • Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

    Cristina Cattaneo

About the editors

Giuseppe Lo Re is a radiologist and adjunct professor at the School of Specialization in Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Palermo, Italy. After graduating in medicine and surgery in 2002, he completed his specialization in radiology in 2006, and in 2011 gained his PhD from the University of Palermo. His interests include forensic radiology, abdominal radiology and cardiac radiology. He is lead or co-author of 250 scientific publications, including 18 book chapters and 100 scientific articles in national and international journals.

Antonina Argo is full professor of forensic medicine at the University of Palermo, and Chief of Medico legal Unit. She has authored several papers and books and is a board member of the Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Massimo Midiri is full professor of radiology and Director of the Section of Radiological Sciences, Department of Biopathology and Medical and Forensic Biotechnologies at the University Hospital “Paolo Giaccone” of Palermo, Italy, which hosts a leading school of surgical oncology. In recent years, Dr. Midiri has succeeded in establishing a new lab for preclinical studies at the Section of Radiological Sciences, with the installation of a very high magnetic field strength (7T) MRI scanner for small animals. The Section of Radiological Sciences also has the first and only Italian transcranial MRgFUS system for the treatment of neurological disorders. Dr. Midiri is lead author or co-author of more than 800 publications, including books and papers. His principal medical investigations relate to abdominal radiology, magnetic resonance, forensic radiology, neurological radiology and cardiac radiology.

Cristina Cattaneo is full professor of forensic medicine at the University of Milano.
She is the author of several books, chapters and about 150 papers, and is chief of the Laboratorio di Antropologia e Odontologia Forense (LABANOF), Milano.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Radiology in Forensic Medicine

  • Book Subtitle: From Identification to Post-mortem Imaging

  • Editors: Giuseppe Lo Re, Antonina Argo, Massimo Midiri, Cristina Cattaneo

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-96736-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-96737-0

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 301

  • Number of Illustrations: 84 b/w illustrations, 145 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Radiology, Forensic Medicine

Buying options

eBook USD 54.99 USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-96737-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 69.99 USD 139.99
50% discount Price excludes VAT (USA)