Volume 24, Issue 3 (July 1979)

    Application of the Tri-Ess Mini Metal Detector to Forensic Autopsies (or, How to Find the Elusive Projectile)

    (Received 22 December 1978; accepted 13 January 1978)

    Published Online: July

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Locating and recovering projectiles and projectile fragments from cadavers can sometimes be difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming. Precisely locating a projectile by X-ray is usually not accomplished because of the difficulty in obtaining accurate oblique and lateral projections. The forensic pathologist is thus occasionally faced with a situation where the general location of a projectile is known but the track is lost or becomes inapparent during the course of dissection. Further X-rays are generally useless, and one must then embark on a lengthy and frequently mutilating dissection to locate and retrieve the projectile. In such autopsy situations, we have found the Tri-ess metal detector to be of definite help. This instrument was initially chosen because of its purported sensitivity, small size, and low cost.


    Author Information:

    Wetli, CV
    Associate medical examiner, Dade County Medical Examiner Office, Miami, Fla.


    Stock #: JFS10884J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10884J

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    Title Application of the Tri-Ess Mini Metal Detector to Forensic Autopsies (or, How to Find the Elusive Projectile)
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    Committee E30