Shotgun pellets


Shotgun injuries result from the metal pellets (also known as 'shots') contained in their shells. The pellets spread out and disperse after leaving the barrel and their energy decreases. Thus, farther the target, more is the chance that the pellets will fail to penetrate the soft tissues of the body.

The primary radiological differential diagnosis in such a case is foreign body artifact (especially those present on the patient's dress).