Dignified management of dead: AIIMS Delhi introduces virtual autopsy
New Delhi: In a revolutionary step, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi has introduced a virtual autopsy for the first time in South ad South-Eastern regions on Saturday, thereby doing away with the need to cut open the dead body to establish the cause of death.
Virtual autopsy allowed the experts to conduct a postmortem on a dead body without dissecting the body from top to bottom. The facility has been inaugurated by Dr Balram Bhargava, the Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday.
In a virtual autopsy, the internal organs, tissues, and bones of a dead body can be analyzed and examined without touching the body. Following the process, the body will be packed in a bag and put under a specialized CT Scan Machine and a coaxial tomography is performed and within a second a thousand images of the internal organs will be captured.
Thus, the forensic experts will be able to analyze the internal organs without conducting a physical autopsy on the corpse. The virtual autopsy reports will be available in digital format and it will allow other forensic pathologists to conduct an additional analysis also. Thus, a second and third opinion can be sought even after years if some complications or allegations come up regarding the autopsy in the future.