Benefits of Utilizing Full-Body Lodox Digital Radiography in Forensic Pathology
Kyla M. Jorgenson, Joshua Lanter, Andrea L. Wiens
Introduction: The purpose of this study was to measure the time spent by a single autopsy assistant in obtaining full-body radiographic imaging in a forensic pathology setting. The Lodox digital radiography (DR) system was compared with a traditional cassette-based portable computed radiography (CR) system to quantify time saved by the implementation of the Lodox imaging system.
Methods: Decedents were examined with the Lodox DR and portable CR systems to provide full-body coverage with each system. Timing was divided into preparation, acquisition, and postacquisition stages, with an additional transfer stage being required for the Lodox DR system. A neutral observer timed each stage for each decedent examined with both systems.
Results: The Lodox DR system provided an 87% time savings (p < 0.001) over the portable CR system to complete full-body radiographic scanning. While the portable CR system was faster at image acquisition (p < 0.001), the Lodox DR system was faster during the preparation (p < 0.001) and post acquisition (p < 0.001) stages.
Conclusions: The time required for a full-body radiographic examination is markedly shortened with utilization of the Lodox DR system. Seven full-body examinations can be completed with the Lodox DR system in the time that a single full-body examination is completed with the portable CR system. In a forensic pathology setting, the Lodox DR system is therefore more time-efficient than the portable CR system studied, as it provides the same scope in a shorter time period, allowing for streamlining of radiographic imaging studies. Acad Forensic Pathol. 2015 5(3): 492-498
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