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Title: The role of mobile computed tomography in mass fatality incidents.
Authors: Rutty, GN
Robinson, CE
BouHaidar, R
Jeffery, AJ
Morgan, B
First Published: Nov-2007
Citation: J FORENSIC SCI, 2007, 52 (6), pp. 1343-1349
Abstract: Mobile multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) scanners are potentially available to temporary mortuaries and can be operational within 20 min of arrival. We describe, to our knowledge, the first use of mobile MDCT for a mass fatality incident. A mobile MDCT scanner attended the disaster mortuary after a five vehicle road traffic incident. Five out of six bodies were successfully imaged by MDCT in c. 15 min per body. Subsequent full radiological analysis took c. 1 h per case. The results were compared to the autopsy examinations. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of imaging with mobile MDCT in relation to mass fatality work, illustrating the body pathway process, and its role in the identification of the pathology, personal effects, and health and safety hazards. We propose that the adoption of a single modality of mobile MDCT could replace the current use of multiple radiological sources within a mass fatality mortuary.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2007.00548.x
ISSN: 0022-1198
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine

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