Case Study Guides for Select NMDID Cases

Case Study Guides for Select NMDID Cases


December 2022


The New Mexico Decedent Image Database provides access to whole body postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) images of more than 15,000 decedents, and a rich body of associated metadata, in support of research and education.

There are four Case Study Guides that feature anthropology cases, and four devoted to the topic of decomposition/post-mortem change at different stages. The remainder of the guides are medical examiner cases representing a variety of case types (homicide, suicide, accident, and natural) with a wide variety of findings, many commonly encountered in the medical examiner setting, and some unusual findings.

For forensic pathologists, radiologists, anthropologists, and other forensic practitioners who are interested in learning more about the use of PMCT in death investigation and anthropological analysis, we hope these guides will provide a starting point for learning about the way PMCT may be used for various case types and the PMCT appearance of some common and some unusual findings.

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (Award #: 2016-MU- BXK110).

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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