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Non-surgical autopsy technique developed

2nd March 2011

A team from the University of Leicester has developed a non-surgical autopsy technique which could remove the need to open up the body to determine a cause of death.

While a conventional post-mortem examination means the body has to be cut open to inspect the vital organs – a process that can often be distressing to relatives - the new technique involves a scanner and a small incision in the neck. So far it has so far been shown to be 80% accurate in determining the cause of death.

 

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