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3D-MSCT imaging of bullet trajectory in 3D crime scene reconstruction: Two case reports

Abstract : Postmortem investigations are increasingly assisted by three-dimensional multi-slice computed tomography (3D-MSCT) and have become more available to forensic pathologists over the past 20 years. In cases of ballistic wounds, 3D-MSCT can provide an accurate description of the bullet location, bone fractures and, more interestingly, a clear visual of the intracorporeal trajectory (bullet track). These forensic medical examinations can be combined with tridimensional bullet trajectory reconstructions created by forensic ballistic experts. These case reports present the implementation of tridimensional methods and the results of 3D crime scene reconstruction in two cases. The authors highlight the value of collaborations between police forensic experts and forensic medicine institutes through the incorporation of 3D-MSCT data in a crime scene reconstruction, which is of great interest in forensic science as a clear visual communication tool between experts and the court.
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Thomas Colard, Yann Delannoy, François Bresson, Christophe Maréchal, Jean-Sébastien Raul, et al.. 3D-MSCT imaging of bullet trajectory in 3D crime scene reconstruction: Two case reports. Legal Medicine, Elsevier, 2013, 15 (6), pp.318-322. ⟨10.1016/j.legalmed.2013.07.002⟩. ⟨hal-03613687⟩



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