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Abstract #1217

Comparison of MRI of the Neck with External Findings in Survived Manual Strangulation

Kathrin Ogris1, 2, Thomas Widek1, Sonja Monika Pivec1, 3, Thomas Ehammer1, Gerlinde Komatz4, Sabine Grassegger1, 2, Kathrin Yen5, Eva Scheurer1, 2

1Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical- Forensic Imaging, Graz, Styria, Austria; 2Medical University Graz, Graz, Styria, Austria; 3UKH Graz, Graz, Styria, Austria; 4MRI Institute Private Clinic of the Holy Sisters, Graz, Styria, Austria; 5Institue of Forensic and Traffic Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

In surviving victims of strangulation it is important to assure the diagnosis and to gain information allowing for a reconstruction of the assault based on objective findings. The aim of this study was to compare radiological findings of a native MRI with external findings in strangulated subjects regarding the forensic reconstruction of the event. External findings mostly did not correlate with internal injuries; however, the correlation of the injury localization with information on the assault gave insight into possible mechanisms of injury. MRI of the neck might become a standard procedure for the examination of living victims of strangulation.