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Post-Mortem Imaging Adjudicated Sudden Death: Causes and Controversies.

Femia, G; Semsarian, C; Langlois, N; McGuire, M; Raleigh, J; Taylor, A; Puranik, R; (2019) Post-Mortem Imaging Adjudicated Sudden Death: Causes and Controversies. Heart, Lung and Circulation , 28 (1) pp. 15-21. 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.09.003. Green open access

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Abstract

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a catastrophic complication of many cardiac conditions often occurring without warning. In these cases, a post-mortem examination is required to elucidate the cause of death and is regarded as the 'gold standard'. However, in circumstances of certain religious/cultural beliefs and advanced body decomposition an alternative non-invasive approach would be preferred. Although a developing field, post-mortem imaging using computed tomography (pmCT) or magnetic resonance imaging (pmMR) provides a non-invasive and accurate alternative to traditional post-mortem in specific circumstances. In particular, pmMR has an important role in younger decedents while pmCT is more suited to examination of adults with SCD. Despite encouraging results from several preliminary studies, more research is needed to determine the most appropriate role for post-mortem imaging in the clinical algorhythm for investigation of SCD.

Type: Article
Title: Post-Mortem Imaging Adjudicated Sudden Death: Causes and Controversies.
Location: Australia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.09.003
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2018.09.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Conventional autopsy, Post-mortem CT, Post-mortem CT (pmCT), Post-mortem MR, Post-mortem MR (pmMR), Post-mortem imaging, Sudden cardiac death (SCD), Cardiovascular Diseases, Cause of Death, Death, Sudden, Cardiac, Diagnostic Imaging, Humans
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Childrens Cardiovascular Disease
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092538
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