Radiologic evaluation of mass casualty victims: Lessons from the Gander, Newfoundland, accident

M. E. Mulligan, M. J. McCarthy, F. J. Wippold, J. E. Lichtenstein, G. N. Wagner

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Abstract

This study describes the use of radiologic methods in the identification of 256 bodies after the crash of an airliner in Gander, Newfoundland. Two hundred thirty-one (90%) of the victims were identified positively with dental and/or fingerprint comparisons. Radiologic data confirmed identification in 29 of these victims. Seventeen bodies without dental or fingerprint identification were presumptively identified with a variety of data, which included radiologic characteristics in four cases. Eight bodies were identified with an exclusion matrix. Radiologic input was critical in two of these. The procedures described provide practical information for radiologists in a mass casualty disaster investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalRadiology
Volume168
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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