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backspatter:

Post-mortem hypostasis pattern on the front of a  body found face down on a bed. The linear marks are formed  by pressure from creases in a blanket. Pallor around the mouth and nose are caused by pressure against the bed and do not necessarily indicate marks of suffocation.

backspatter:

Post-mortem hypostasis pattern on the front of a  body found face down on a bed. The linear marks are formed  by pressure from creases in a blanket. Pallor around the mouth and nose are caused by pressure against the bed and do not necessarily indicate marks of suffocation.

medbeat:

Autopsy Tools

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Enterotome

These large scissors are used for opening the intestines. The bulb-ended blade is inserted into the lumen (the hollow inside) of the gut, and the instrument is smoothly stripped down the length of the intestine. The blunt bulb keeps the internal blade from perforating the gut from the inside.

Skull chisel

After scoring the calvarium (the vault-like part of the skull that holds the brain) with the vibrating saw or hand saw, the chisel is used to gently finish the separation of the top of the calvarium from the lower skull, thus exposing the brain and its coverings (meninges).

Hagedorn needle

Also called the sailmaker’s needle, this is a large needle with an eye for sewing up the body after the autopsy is finished. The stitching is similar to that used on the outer covering of baseballs. Heavy twine, which is much coarser than suture, is used for the procedure.

Rib cutters

These look like small pruning shears and are used to cut through the ribs prior to lifting off the chest plate. Some prosectors actually use pruning shears from a hardware store, which are much less expensive.

Scalpel

This differs from the surgeon’s scalpel in having a longer handle for reaching deeper into body cavities. The disposable blade is usually a #22 size, which is the largest commonly available.

Toothed forceps

The teeth on these “pickups” lend strength in gripping heavy organs for removal. In surgical pathology, teeth are a liability in that they increase the risk of cross contamination between specimens, so untoothed forceps are used there.

Scissors

These are otherwise unremarkable scissors used for opening hollow organs (such as the gallbladder) and trimming off tissues. They can also be used for blunt dissection by means of an “opening” motion, rather than the more familiar “closing” motion used in cutting.

Bone saw

This hand saw is rarely used today, most often by pathologists who fear infection from aersols thrown up by the much more vigorous vibrating saw (see below). The hand saw can be used to saw through the skull, but it’s very slow-going compared to the vibrating saw.

Hammer with hook

The hammer (perhaps the Beatles’ inspiration for “Maxwell’s silver hammer”?) is used with the chisel to separate the calvarium from the lower skull. The hook is handy to pull the calvarium away.

Breadknife

Also referred to simply as the “long knife,” this is used to smoothly cut solid organs into slices for examination, display, and photography of the organs’ cut surfaces. Particularly facile prosectors pride themselves on being able to do almost all of the soft tissue dissections (including stripping the gut from the mesentery and opening the heart chambers) with this large, unlikely-looking blade. The example shown here includes a disposable blade. Models with permanent, resharpenable blades are also available.

Vibrating saw

The vibrating saw, also referred to eponymously as the “Stryker saw,” is the instrument of choice for most prosectors faced with removing the brain. The blade reciprocates rapidly with a small amplitude. This action prevents the saw from cutting soft tissues, notably the prosector’s hand. The disadvantage of vibrating saws is that they throw up more potentially infectious aerosols than do hand saws.

backspatter:

In this case, a man’s body had become impaled on a wrought-iron fence. At this stage of the investigation, the case could be a homicide, suicide, or accident. The first officer must establish a crime scene for the responding detectives and isolate the body from the onlookers

backspatter:

In this case, a man’s body had become impaled on a wrought-iron fence. At this stage of the investigation, the case could be a homicide, suicide, or accident. The first officer must establish a crime scene for the responding detectives and isolate the body from the onlookers

christconquers:

"Dust you are, And to dust you shall return."
— Book of Genesis, chapter 3
Original image via we-didnt-start-the-fire-ignited

christconquers:

"Dust you are, And to dust you shall return."

— Book of Genesis, chapter 3

Original image via we-didnt-start-the-fire-ignited

post-masturbatorydepression:

shotgun to the heart.

post-masturbatorydepression:

shotgun to the heart.

backspatter:

Most bodies turn green during the progression of decomposition. This one did not. The body is swollen from bacterial gas formation and there is skin slippage and subcutaneous marbling.

backspatter:

Most bodies turn green during the progression of decomposition. This one did not. The body is swollen from bacterial gas formation and there is skin slippage and subcutaneous marbling.

dog-guts:

.45 caliber hollowpoint exit wound

dog-guts:

.45 caliber hollowpoint exit wound

dog-guts:

kid fell asleep next to a fire

for dogprophet

dog-guts:

trauma inflicted by an ak47 and a machete

dog-guts:

trauma inflicted by an ak47 and a machete

dog-guts:

aftermath of playing with grenades

dog-guts:

aftermath of playing with grenades