Forensic radiology is essential to the practice of forensic pathology and is used as a diagnostic tool to accompany the forensic autopsy to recognize fractures, locate projectiles and natural disease. The purpose of the forensic autopsy is to accomplish one or more of the following objectives:
1. To determine the cause of death 2. To describe and interpret any injuries 3. To retrieve trace evidence that may help in the investigation 4. To exclude or discover natural disease that may be relevant 5. To determine the time of death 6. To identify the decedent, when necessary
In several of the objectives mentioned earlier, radiography is helpful or even essential.