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For the First Time in Asia, AIIMS Will Conduct Virtual Autopsies for Better Results

The mortuary at All India Institute Of Medical Science has Asia’s first digital radiological unit for doctors to conduct virtual autopsies using high-tech digital X-rays.

The unit can detect even the smallest clots and fractures, in less time.


Picture for representation only. Source: By U.S. Navy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Seth Rossman. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Virtual Autopsy is a non-intrusive technique for human autopsy. The unit has a Computer Tomography (CT) unit and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit. These provide a detailed view of the body and the resulting images can be used by medical examiners and pathologists.

“The virtual autopsies are less time consuming as compared to the traditional post mortem and are minimally invasive allowing the body to be released for cremation or burial sooner,” Dr. Sudhir Gupta, head of the AIIMS forensic department, told The Times of India.

He added that virtual autopsies help detect concealed fractures and injuries in decomposed bodies, which is difficult during visual examinations. Virtual autopsy also helps spot hairline and chip fractures, and they can be documented on X-ray films as well, creating permanent, digital records of the body. This makes it easy for forensic pathologists to work on the reports.

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