Virtual autopsy in forensic sciences an its applications in forensic odontology

  • Ademir Franco Forensic Odontology, Department of Oral Health Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Paulo Henrique Souza Department of Stomatology, Pontifical University Catholic of Parana, Curitiba, PR, Brazil
  • Walter Coudyzer Oral Imaging Center, Department of Oral Health Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Patrick Thevissen Forensic Odontology, Department of Oral Health Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Reinhilde Jacobs Forensic Odontology, Department of Oral Health Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Guy Willems Forensic Odontology, Department of Oral Health Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Keywords: Autopsy, Radiology, Forensic Odontology, Forensic Medicine

Abstract

Nowadays, technological advances are becoming more and more important in forensic sciences. Yet autopsy is still one of the very traditional methods. This also applies for dental autopsies, in which visual, photographic and radiological evidences are collected. In this context, Virtual Autopsy appears as a helpful and complementary tool for dental and medical cadaveric examination. Using high-tech radiological approaches, Virtual Autopsy may provide, through images, an efficient and more accurate view on the individual case. This critical review aims to update the dental professionals presenting the first national paper with explanations on Virtual Autopsy.
Published
2012-03-21
Section
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