Just a Whole-Body CT Image Database

Just a Whole-Body CT Image Database

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Original Release Date: August 27, 2018

In episode four of our 2018 NIJ R&D Season, Just Science speaks with Dr. Shamsi Berry, from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, about her research with standardizing a large-scale, whole-body CT image database.  

In 2010 the Office of the Medical Investigator for New Mexico was awarded an NIJ grant where they did high-resolution whole-body CT scans.  Fast forward six years later where another NIJ grant was awarded to create a free-access Decedent CT Database from those whole body CTs.  There will be over 15,000 autopsies that captures key data and whole-body CT images, which will be an invaluable resource to forensic researchers when it releases in late 2018.  

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Biography

Dr. Shamsi Daneshvari Berry is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She is also a biomedical informatics consultant, standardizing and building databases. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Informatics. Dr.Daneshvari Berry’s dissertation focused on determining body mass from skeletal remains to aid in forensic identification and identify social stratification. Her current research focuses on using data collected from medical examiners to improve the health of the living.

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