FOBOS™ installation

We are very pleased to advise you about our recent FOBOS™ (whole-body forensic scanner) installation at the Knox County Regional Forensic Center (KCRFC) in Knoxville, TN.

The KCRFC Team is extremely pleased with the results (installation, image quality and ease of use) of our system. FYI, both the A/P and Lateral images are quite impressive!! 

Following is a message from Jeff DeLorme, Autopsy Technician Manager: “…It was our pleasure having you and your entire team here.  Everyone was excellent to work with and were patient with me and my staff as we are learning this new system.  Thank you for your diligence working through any issues that arose.  My staff is extremely excited about our FOBOS System.  The pathologists like the images that are being produced…”

For any additional information, please contact us at: info@detection-solutions.com / Tel: 949-500-6298

Non-invasive Imaging Autopsy / Post-Mortem CT

“Reduce number of gross autopsies needed” (ref: 1)

“Helpful in offices without enough pathology staff” (ref: 2)

“Precedent use in U.S. courts” (ref. 3)

Can CT Scans Enhance or Replace Medicolegal Autopsies?

“…In the majority of cases included in the study, the researchers said, “PMCT, when paired with a thorough external examination, could supplant autopsy and would be of particular value in cases of family, religious, or cultural objections (to autopsy)…” (ref: 4)

Using Advanced Imaging Technologies to Enhance Autopsy Practices

Meeting the Needs of the Community

…”Currently, the nation has a shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists…There is a tremendous need to develop and implement advanced methods that could not only enhance autopsies diagnostically but also help combat this shortfall and reduce workloads…

...Imaging technology, such as CT, could help pathologists evaluate these cases more quickly without needing to complete a time-consuming gross autopsy. A CT radiograph might offer the pathologist a clear and apparent cause of death without conducting a full autopsy. Another significant advantage to using imaging technology is that the pathologist never loses the ability to delve further if a case requires additional investigation — the use of imaging does not impede the option of going back to a traditional autopsy to supplement findings…” (ref: 5)

                 Advantages of Non-invasive Imaging Autopsy / PMCT:

-          Burned bodies                                        - Blood detection

-          Drowned victims                                    - Gas or air detection

-          Religious objections                              - Ischemic heart disease (IHD)

-          Objection to invasive aspect                - Trauma cases

-          Mass casualty                                         - Infant deaths

-          And more…

 FOR INFORMATION ON PMCT SERVICES, PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://www.detection-solutions.com/pmct-postmortem-ct-services/

REFERENCES:

1.  Postmortem Imaging: The Next Radiology Subspecialty? – by Deborah Adams Kaplan http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/practice-management/postmortem-imaging-next-radiology-subspecialty

2. NIJ Advocates for CT Scans to Assist Forensic Pathologists – by Seth Augenstein https://www.forensicmag.com/news/2018/03/nij-advocates-ct-scans-assist-forensic-pathologists

3. Ali, Z., Daly, B., & Fowler, D. R. (2015). The First Use of Postmortem 3D Computed Tomography Images as Evidence in U.S. Criminal Courts: A Report of Four cases. Academic Forensic Pathology, 5(4), 650-661. https://doi.org/10.23907/2015.069

4. National Institute of Justice, “Can CT Scans Enhance or Replace Medicolegal Autopsies?, December 5, 2016, NIJ.gov:  https://nij.gov/topics/forensics/types/pathology/pages/can-ct-scans-enhance-medic-legal-autopsies.aspx   

5.  Using Advanced Imaging Technologies to Enhance Autopsy Practices – by Danielle Weiss, Danielle McLeod-Henning, and Heather Waltke https://nij.gov/journals/279/Pages/using-advanced-imaging-technologies-to-enhance-autopsy.aspx

ABBS - Reference Letter

DATE: November 10, 2016

FROM: Christian B. Chahine, VP Sales & Markerting

SUBJECT: Amphibious Body Bag System (ABBS) feedback

REFERENCE: Dr. Craig Nelson – Forensic Pathologist and Recovery Diver

We are pleased to share Dr. Nelson’s comments regarding the Amphibious Body Bag System (ABBS) as follows:

“The use of the zippered mesh panel on the bag is ideal for preservation of evidence, whether on the body or placed within the bag by a recovery diver. Additionally, this design allows for best preservation of fragile (decomposing or skeletonized) remains by preventing loss of small bones or body parts. 

The sturdy nature of the bag and the ability to use a lifting system that can then be hoisted is ideal for persons of large size, or for situations in which weights have been attached to the body. Ideally, weights attached to a body (in order to conceal the body in the water) will be left intact and attached to the body for photography and preservation at the surface, as doing so underwater may not be feasible.

In the situation of recovery of a diving fatality, the use of the lift system may allow the dive gear to remain in place for examination at the surface. In some cases, such as with an incorrectly routed regulator hose, or entangled gear, the removal of a diver’s equipment in order to recover a body may obscure the cause of the incident that resulted in the diver’s death underwater. As such, preservation of the equipment in place allows the greatest likelihood of identifying problems experienced.

Overall, this bag presents a tool that can allow best preservation of a body and evidence where required, as well as improved handling of remains and safety of recovery personnel”

For any additional information, please contact your Regional ADS Manager and/or Christian B. Chahine at email: Christian@detection-solutions.com / Mobile: 949-500-6298

Best regards,

Christian B. Chahine