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.