Digital Autopsy Facility

There has been considerable publicity generated regarding the analysis of the “Virtual Mummy” at the British Museum in year 2004. The technique which was used to visualize and analyze the mummified remains of people who died thousands of years ago and it is only a small leap of faith to envisage these and similar techniques being utilized to answer questions about the bodies of people who died only hours or days ago. This is the concept behind Digital visualisation tecnology or commercially promoted as Digital Autopsy by INFOVALLEY®.
 


The last six years, researchers occasionally collected MSCT or MRI scans of the whole body and attempted to generate 3D visuals in order to examine areas of forensic interest. In cases where, for example, tissue samples need to be taken for further analysis, the visualization could direct the Forensic Pathologist to the most appropriate body spot for target sampling and a needle biopsy could be employed in a specific manner. This promotes minimally invasive technique in a highly targeted fashion, a much desired improvement in medicine. It is proven that this would soon become a standard practice, and that the custom developed forensic specific end-to-end application software solution, herewith called INFOPSY™ would be the flagship driver for subsequent investigations and procedures.


 

Benefits of Digital Autopsy

 

The benefits of digital autopsy are enormous. This includes:

  • The visualization techniques to autopsy enable Forensic Pathologists or Forensic Experts to observe conditions that may be difficult or impossible to detect by classical means. For example:

    • Fast and accurate identification of foreign objects (e.g. bullets) in decomposing bodies (Shahrom et. al., 2009, Thali et. al. 2003)

    • Documentation and examination of neck muscle hemorrhages in forensic cases (Yen et. al., 2005, Aghayev et. al., 2006)

    • Visualization of fatal motor vehicle accident with head injury/ fractures in skull (Aghayev et. al., 2004, Thali et. al. , 2002)

    • Visualization and quantification of venous air embolism structure (Jackowski et. al., 2004)

    • Localisation of the tip of the knife of a stab wound (Thali et. al., 2002)

 

  • Digital Autopsy produce detailed records that show conclusively the cause or manner of death. These records can be kept intact and free of human intervention.

 

  • Digital Autopsy can ease the burden of determining identity and cause of death in victims of mass natural disasters, particularly in cases where large number of bodies are badly decomposed.

 

  • Digital bodies can be sent to forensic pathologists who can conduct autopsies remotely.

 

  • In the wake of a biological contamination or biological terrorist attack, Digital Autopsy can be extremely valuable in determining further investigation that are necessary to identify the pathogenesis while at the same time protecting forensic pathologist from accidental exposure to the biological contaminant.

 

  • Digital Autopsy streamlines communication between forensic pathologists as well as allowing forensic pathologist to seek professional second opinion with experts abroad through a secured channel, digitally.

 

  • Interactive visualizations are often easier for juries, lawyers and other court officers with a clearer understanding of the autopsy process, which can be vital when the manner of death must be established in a court case.

 

  • From the religious point of view, Digital Autopsy provides an option to treat the deceased with dignity while at the same time achieve the medico-legal requirement.