Soft Tissue Radiography in Determining Contact and Near-Contact Gunshot Wounds

    Volume 21, Issue 2 (April 1976)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1976

    Page Count: 5


    Loquvam, GS
    Fellow in forensic pathology, criminalist, and Director, Institute of Forensic Sciences, Oakland, Calif.

    Miller, LB
    Fellow in forensic pathology, criminalist, and Director, Institute of Forensic Sciences, Oakland, Calif.

    Rivers, RL
    Fellow in forensic pathology, criminalist, and Director, Institute of Forensic Sciences, Oakland, Calif.

    (Received 18 April 1975; accepted 26 June 1975)

    Abstract

    Determination of firing distance is an important consideration in the investigation of gunshot wounds. To define this distance as precisely as possible many studies have been proposed and conducted to correlate the deposits remaining on target surfaces with the muzzle-to-target distance. Among these have been microscopic tissue examination [1]; various chemical tests, including atomic absorption spectrophotometry, neutron activation analysis, and so forth [2,3]; and visual examination of powder patterns [4]. Some of these techniques allow correlation of the pattern with an approximate distance. Others only support conclusions of greater or less than a particular distance. Results of these methods become difficult or impossible to assess where surface deposits are destroyed or obliterated. This study describes the application of soft tissue radiography to the characterization of contact and near-contact gunshot wounds independent of surface integrity.


    Paper ID: JFS10506J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10506J

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    Title Soft Tissue Radiography in Determining Contact and Near-Contact Gunshot Wounds
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    Committee E30