Journal Article


M D Gilchrist
M Curtis
M C Doorly
J Motherway


Medicine & Nursing

physiology humans middle aged female imaging three dimensional skull forensic pathology computer simulation craniocerebral trauma models biological aged 80 and over finite element analysis physiopathology aged male biomechanics cadaver skull fractures

Head impact biomechanics simulations: a forensic tool for reconstructing head injury? (2008)

Abstract This paper describes a computer simulation method, which is used widely in engineering design and accident investigation reconstructions, which could constitute a valuable forensic tool for investigating cases of head impact injury and skull fracture. This method, the finite element method, relies on knowing the physical properties and strength of biological materials, including cranial bone and neural tissue, and on having evidence of the extent of head injuries in order to deduce causative forces. This method could help forensic pathologists to infer causes of skull fracture and to determine whether probable causes of fracture were accidental or intentional.
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M D Gilchrist, M Curtis, M C Doorly, J Motherway

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M. D. Gilchrist
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 172
Michael Curtis
University College Dublin