Autopsies, CT Scans of War Dead Yield Body Armor, Medical Equipment Improvements

Since 2004, all returning war dead have been given CT…

Since 2004, all returning war dead have been given CT scans only one hour after their arrival at Dover Air Force Base.  This new process, not even five years old, has led to a wealth of details about war injuries that run the gamut from bullets and blasts to shrapnel and burns.  The knowledge yielded from these CT scans, in conjunction with autopsies performed by pathologists in the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, has aided manufacturers and medical practitioners in making improvements in body armor and medical equipment used on the battlefield.

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