Paediatric and perinatal postmortem imaging: the need for a subspecialty approach

Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Apr;45(4):483-90. doi: 10.1007/s00247-014-3132-8. Epub 2014 Aug 30.


Paediatric postmortem imaging is distinct and different from adult postmortem imaging due to differences in disease aetiology, pathology and imaging approaches, which require a particular skill set to maximise its yield and clinical utility. Practitioners need to have expertise in several aspects of radiology, including both plain radiographs and cross-sectional imaging modalities, knowledge of specialist techniques, and familiarity with the unique range of pathologies in this patient population, including perinatal pathology. Here we outline the training requirements that should be considered to establish such a service.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autopsy / methods*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnostic Imaging / methods*
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Medicine / organization & administration
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Radiology / organization & administration*
  • United States