Postmortem magnetic resonance imaging dealing with low temperature objects

Tomoya Kobayashi, Tomonori Isobe, Seiji Shiotani, Hajime Saito, Kousaku Saotome, Kazunori Kaga, Katsumi Miyamoto, Kazunori Kikuchi, Hideyuki Hayakawa, Hiroyoshi Akutsu, Kazuhiro Homma

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In Japan, the medical examiner system is not widespread, the rate of autopsy is low, and many medical institutions therefore perform postmortem imaging using clinical equipment. Postmortem imaging is performed to clarify cause of death, select candidates for autopsy, make a guide map for autopsy, or provide additional information for autopsy. Findings are classified into 3 categories: cause of death and associated changes, changes induced by cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and postmortem changes. Postmortem magnetic resonance imaging shows characteristic changes in signal intensity related to low body temperature after death; they are low temperature images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Low body temperature
  • Postmortem MRI
  • Postmortem signal intensity change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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