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Minerva Medicolegale 2019 December;139(1-4):30-7

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4849.20.01787-3


lingua: Inglese

Shroud Man’s missed parts rebuild with superimposed CT data set: topographic and anthropometric evaluations

Pierluigi BAIMA BOLLONE 1, Giovanni GANDINI 2, Paolo FONIO 2, Filippo MARCHISIO 3

1 Department of Legal Medicine, University of Turin, Turin, Italy; 2 Department of Surgical Sciences, Institute of Radiology, Città della Salute e della Scienza, University of Turin, Turin, Italy; 3 Department of Radiology, Rivoli-Susa-Venaria, ASLTo3, Collegno, Turin, Italy

The purpose of this study was the reconstruction of Shroud Men’s missed parts because of the fire in 1532 happened in Chambery. That in order to obtain a new realistic display of the missing body margins and get points of repere of the main signs imprinted on the sacred linen. Were superimposed on the image of the Shroud 3D reconstruction obtained from a CT data with various levels of transparency. The acquisition of the CT scan data has been obtained with a last generation device which permits a minimal radiogenous exposure, being the subject a young volunteer with anthropometric characteristics similar to the man of the shroud. The main points of interest were the position of the shoulders and the arm, the wound of the rib, the path of the lance and the blood belt. Inconsistencies were observed in the position of the right forearm and the left elbow between the scanned subject and the image of the man of the shroud, suspected of traumatic outcomes. The thoracic wound location between the 5th and the 6th right rib between the lateral and anterior arches: allowed a precise topographic evaluation between the wound and the deep thoracic structures in order to reconstruct possible pathways of the blunt body. The position of the blood leaked from the post-mortem wounds and collected in the lumbar region to form the blood belt appears to be conveyed by the arms adhering to the body and dripped from the elbows. The missing parts reconstructed seem to confirm the presence of traumatic outcomes compatible with the crucifixion. The topographical surveys also confirm the consistency of the image of the shroud.

KEY WORDS: Tomography, X-ray computed; Topography, medical; Christianity

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