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Title: The effect on toxicology, biochemistry and immunology investigations by the use of targeted post-mortem computed tomography angiography.
Authors: Rutty, GN
Smith, P
Visser, T
Barber, J
Amorosa, J
Morgan, B
First Published: 13-Jun-2012
Citation: FORENSIC SCI INT, 2012
Abstract: It is recognised in autopsy practice that investigations such as toxicology can be affected by post-mortem change. Post-mortem computed tomography angiography (PMCT-A) involves the injection of contrast agents. This could cause dilution of a biological fluid sample or cause the circulation of blood after death by mechanical pumping, and thus has the potential to affect laboratory investigations. We undertook a small sample study to consider whether targeted PMCT-A had any significant effect on subsequent samples taken for biochemical, toxicological or immunological investigations. Although the results of our study do illustrate differences between the pre and post PMCT-A results, these differences are considered not to be of diagnostic significance and not due to the direct effect of targeted PMCT-A.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.05.012
eISSN: 1872-6283
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine

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