Post-mortem computed tomography and road traffic collisions

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Leicester

In Collaboration With

Leicestershire Constabulary

Principal Researcher

Professor Guy Rutty (Supervisor)

Level of Research


Project Start Date

July 2013

Research Context

​This is a multi-disciplinary project (police, pathology, radiology, emergency department) considering the role of post-mortem computed tomography in the investigation of road traffic collisions. It is looking to reduce the number of autopsies, enhance the investigation for court purposes and use predictive theory to consider when and where a collision may occur to reduce RTC's.

Research Methodology

​This is an ongoing project utilising the association of the East Midlands forensic Pathology unit and Leicester serious collision unit. It has started with the analysis of 75 consented PMCT cases and is adding to it as all RTC's for Leicester are examined by the forensic pathology unit. There is a dedicated medical researcher who is analysing the data. There is collaboration from a Unit in Switzerland in terms of the radiology analysis.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

July 2018
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