CT-based measurement of lung volume and attenuation of deceased
Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Because of the difficulties in concluding whether a person has drowned or not, information that could be relevant for postmortal diagnosis of drowning was studied. With postmortal CT images lung volume, mean attenuation, anterior-posterior difference, lung density profile and amount of water within the lungs were investigated.
The report also evaluates three examples of software that calculates lung volume from postmortal CT images: Siemens’ Syngo Pulmo CT, Siemens‘ Volume Evaluation and GE Medical Systems’ Volume Viewer. The method used at autopsy was also studied. The repeatability and validity were tested and sources of errors identified.
Repeatability and validity for the three tested types of software were acceptable, while the method used at autopsy had to be improved. The study also showed that lung volume related to length, anterior-posterior difference and lung density profile seemed to vary between drowned and other deceased. These measures might conclude whether a person has drowned.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för medicinsk teknik , 2005. , 47 p.
CT, Lung, Drowning, Attenuation, Lung volume, Anterior Posterior difference
Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-4417ISRN: LITH-IMT/MI20-EX--05/410--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-4417DiVA: diva2:20619
Subject / course
Berge, JohanSmedby, Örjan