Volume 40, Issue 1 (January 1995)

    Identification of an Unknown Corpse by Means of Computed Tomography (CT) of the Lumbar Spine

    (Received 10 March 1994; accepted 28 June 1994)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    For the first time, a case is described in which an unknown corpse is identified by the comparison of antemortem and postmortem computed tomographic (CT) images. A posterolateral disc herniation at L5-S1 on the right side, Schmorl's nodes and a lucency in the ilium were found in identical locations in each case. Additionally there were characteristic morphological similarities in the vertebral bodies, spinous processes, transverse processes and neural arches. In CT identification, as in conventional radiographic identification, one must try to reproduce comparable scanning conditions and images because apparent differences in the roentgenological morphology can occur as a result of different gantry angles or slice thicknesses.


    Author Information:

    Rittner, C
    Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz,

    Ulmcke, D
    Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz,

    Schweden, F
    Clinic of Radiology of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz,

    Ogbuihi, S
    Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz,

    Riepert, T
    Institute of Forensic Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz,


    Stock #: JFS13775J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13775J

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    Title Identification of an Unknown Corpse by Means of Computed Tomography (CT) of the Lumbar Spine
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