Pathology Study Team Recommends Replacing Traditional Autopsies with Non-invasive, Imaging-based Alternative for the United Kingdom

Evolving imaging technology could begin to replace some traditional autopsy methodologies and encourage an increase in the number of autopsies performed

New imaging technology may give pathologists in the United Kingdom a new way to perform non-invasive autopsies. It is another example of how long-standing clinical practices can be transformed by the capabilities of newly developed technologies.

Leading experts within the field of post-mortem cross-sectional imaging in Britain have recommended that England’s National Health Service (NHS) introduce alternative techniques for performing non-invasive autopsies. A review of current procedures in the NHS system showed that alternative autopsy methodologies offer important advantages. In some circumstances, the non-invasive approach could replace traditional autopsy methods. (more…)