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Different conditions and strategies to utilize forensic radiology in the cities of Melbourne, Australia and Berlin, Germany.

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Forensic science, medicine, and pathology

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      Forensic radiology has become a common modality in many forensic practices around the world. Here, we report and compare the usage patterns in the cities of Melbourne, Australia, and Berlin, Germany, using 16 multislice scanners in two large forensic facilities with both machines integrated in the mortuary. While in Melbourne all bodies receive a full body computed tomography (CT) scan resulting in nearly 5,000 scans per year, the situation differs in Berlin where approximately 250 state prosecutor sanctioned cases are scanned per year. While in Melbourne the CT scanner is an integral element of the process of determining whether further examinations will follow, in contrast in Berlin all cases proceed to autopsy irrespective of the findings from the CT scan. While pathologists in Berlin receive on site training to use the CT scanner by a highly experienced forensic pathologist who has previously been involved in the Virtopsy(®) program in Switzerland, training of pathologists in Melbourne is multifaceted. A radiologist with extensive experience in the forensic environment is employed part time at the institute in Melbourne and provides radiology lectures including topics such as postmortem artifacts, regional anatomy, and neuroradiology. CT is gaining acceptance as a useful modality for presenting information to the courts and juries, as well as providing an easily accessible platform to review cases and initiated research projects.

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      [1 ] Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, 57-83 Kavanagh St, Southbank, VIC, 3006, Australia. paul.bedford@vifm.org
      Journal
      Forensic Sci Med Pathol
      Forensic science, medicine, and pathology
      Springer Nature
      1556-2891
      1547-769X
      Sep 2013
      : 9
      : 3
      23543464
      10.1007/s12024-013-9424-8

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