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Bilddiagnostik vid utredning av dödsfall bland foster och spädbarn: En litteraturöversikt
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: The use of medical imaging performed post-mortem, i.e. virtual autopsy is increasing worldwide, and can be a supplement or a non-invasive alternative to clinical autopsy. Most clinics offer nowadays some form of medical imaging of stillborn and deceased children. These investigations are usually performed by radiographers in a radiology department. However, the choice of modality used differs, and in many places there are no standardised protocols. This is a new research subject of great interest, as carrying out medical imaging as good as possible in terms of image quality and dignity in care of the deceased require adequate knowledge. Purpose: The purpose of this literature review was to compile knowledge from studies on medical imaging in the investigation of deaths among fetuses and infants, from radiographer’s perspective. Method: The study was conducted as a literature review. 13 scientific articles were studied regarding quality and contents, and the final results were presented in two main categories and subcategories. Results: The results showed the different modalities possibilities and limitations of post-mortem examinations of fetuses and infants, and also what these examinations require from the radiographers when it comes to technologies and practices. Conclusion: There are many applications of medical imaging in the investigation of deaths among fetuses and infants, and it has the potential to eventually be able to replace the clinical autopsy in many cases, but it needs further research and evaluation. There is also a need to study the perceived experiences of this kind of medical imaging, as the radiographer works near the deceased child. This study contributes to a better understanding of the subject for radiographers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Keyword [sv]
Medicin, Postmortem, virtuell obduktion, magnetresonanstomografi, datortomografi, konventionell röntgen, röntgensjuksköterska, radiografi, dödfödd
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-56588Local ID: d57495ff-c985-4180-93d7-561bdc0e192eOAI: diva2:1029975
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Diagnostic Radiology Nursing, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20160212 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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