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AIIMS to start virtual autopsy

Thousands of images of the internal organs are captured within seconds

All India Institute of Medical Sciences will start conducting virtual autopsy, wherever possible. Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General, will inaugurate the facility.

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Virtual autopsy involves examining the internal organs, tissues and bones without touching the body. The body is packed in a bag and put in a CT scan machine. Thousands of images of the internal organs are captured within seconds, which can be analysed by forensic experts.

According to Dr Sudhir Gupta, Professor and Head of Forensic Medicine Department, AIIMS, the facility will be the first medical institution in South and Southeast Asia.

In a virtual autopsy, the deceased’s records are available in digital format, which permits additional analysis by other forensic pathologists and second or third opinion even after years if some allegations crop up in the future.

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