Normal pediatric postmortem CT appearances

Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Apr;45(4):517-26. doi: 10.1007/s00247-014-3258-8. Epub 2015 Apr 1.


Postmortem radiology is a rapidly developing specialty that is increasingly used as an adjunct to or substitute for conventional autopsy. The goal is to find patterns of disease and possibly the cause of death. Postmortem CT images bring to light processes of decomposition most radiologists are unfamiliar with. These postmortem changes, such as the formation of gas and edema, should not be mistaken for pathological processes that occur in living persons. In this review we discuss the normal postmortem thoraco-abdominal changes and how these appear on CT images, as well as how to differentiate these findings from those of pathological processes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autopsy / standards*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diagnostic Imaging / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Radiography, Abdominal / standards*
  • Radiography, Thoracic / standards*
  • Reference Values
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / standards*
  • United States