High-speed, full-body imaging assists the forensic pathologist by reducing the time taken to complete autopsy examinations.9 Rapid, full-body images can be obtained for all bodies admitted for autopsy, and can assist in confirming the identity of the dead.9 Lodox radiographs may be especially useful in the case of religious groups that require expedited burial,9 while rapid localisation of foreign bodies, including bullets, with multiple views can benefit criminal investigations.10 The full-body, low-radiation format makes Lodox imaging safer and easier for staff 9 and could improve the workflow in busy forensic pathology laboratories.10
An X-ray of the entire body is completed in 13 seconds. A full-body imaging study in two planes can be performed in 3 – 5 minutes.5 The speed of acquiring full-body X-ray information reduces the time taken for a skeletal survey10, and the rapidity of operation makes the facility ideal for the examination of bodies.9
Radiation emission is significantly lower than for conventional X-ray equipment (an average 6% of conventional exposure1, 0.12 mGy entrance dose).6 Radiation scatter is minimised by the Lodox beam and detector configuration. Together, these features improve safety for staff9 by significantly reducing scattered radiation in the autopsy room, making it safer to obtain X-ray images of subjects while minimising the risk of exposure to ionising radiation.
FORENSIC PATHOLOGY IMAGES
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