Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury related deaths[1]. The autopsy diagnosis of drowning is one of themajor problems in forensic medicine, especially when there is delay in recovering thecorpse[2]. The main limit in the diagnosis of drowning is that even if a body is recoveredfrom sea water, it may not have drowned and the proof that death was due to drowningmay constitute a difficult problem to solve in forensic medicine. Due to the admitted limitsof autopsy-based studies in the diagnosis of drowning, virtopsy is considered the newimaging horizon in these post-mortem studies[3-6]. The aim of our study was to evaluatethe role of virtopsy performed through CT in forensic diagnosis of drowning.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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