Future Evidence in Forensic Imaging

  • Guy N. Rutty
  • Bruno Morgan


The idea that the traditional autopsy can no longer be considered the “gold standard” and should be combined with or replaced, if necessary, by the radiological study (post-mortem cross sectional imaging—PMCSI) is slowly gaining ground, despite the presence of opposing currents thought. To encourage the application of PMCSI it is necessary to concentrate resources in three key areas: (1) Research, to improve its incisiveness, reducing its costs and keeping in mind possible applications in clinical settings; (2) formation of a “necroradiologist”, with guaranteed specialist skills in the interpretation of radiological images of cadavers; (3) achievement of the standard, to ensure the quality of the results and give credibility to a still vulnerable field exposed to possible errors with catastrophic repercussions on its development and on the judiciary system. In the near future PMCSI will become the praxis in the study of the cadaver; however, for this purpose, it is necessary to promote research and a hyper-specialized training, to ensure the quality of results.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forensic Pathology UnitUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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