Shotgun Diagnosis: “It Ought to Be Something Else”

    Volume 27, Issue 2 (April 1982)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1982

    Page Count: 5


    Pitt, MJ
    Chief, Forensic Sciences Section, Tucson, AZ

    Froede, RC
    Chief, Forensic Sciences Section, Tucson, AZ

    Bridgemon, RR
    Supervising criminalist, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Southern Regional Laboratory, Tucson, AZ

    (Received 9 June 1981; accepted 22 September 1981)

    Abstract

    The problems encountered by the surgeon, the radiologist, and the pathologist in the interpretation of radiopaque fragments within tissue are illustrated by a case report. Deformation, particularly flattening, of round pellets should be recognized as a gross radiographic pitfall. The potential and actual external and internal tissue damage resulting from a closerange shotgun blast are also discussed. Careful study of the radiographs, examination of the weapon and ammunition, and the information obtained from good investigation by trained law-enforcement officers should prevent possible misinterpretation.


    Paper ID: JFS11499J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11499J

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