Pediatric postmortem computed tomography: initial experience at a children's hospital in the United States

Pediatr Radiol. 2019 Aug;49(9):1113-1129. doi: 10.1007/s00247-019-04433-1. Epub 2019 Jun 14.


Postmortem CT might provide valuable information in determining the cause of death and understanding disease processes, particularly when combined with traditional autopsy. Pediatric applications of postmortem imaging represent a new and rapidly growing field. We describe our experience in establishing a pediatric postmortem CT program and present a discussion of the distinct challenges in developing this type of program in the United States of America, where forensic practice varies from other countries. We give a brief overview of recent literature along with the common imaging findings on postmortem CT that can simulate antemortem pathology.

Keywords: Children; Computed tomography; Forensics; Postmortem.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autopsy / methods*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Forensic Medicine / methods*
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postmortem Changes
  • Program Development
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*
  • United States