The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has set up a digital radiological unit at the institute’s mortuary to enable doctors conduct virtual autopsies using cutting-edge digital X-rays to save time and enhance precision.
“The virtual autopsies are less time consuming as compared to the traditional postmortem and are minimally invasive allowing the body to be released for cremation or burial sooner,” said Dr Sudhir Gupta, Head of the AIIMS Forensic Department.
The technology, to be used for the first time in Asia, can be a boon in cases where only skeletal remains are recovered. The digital X-rays can detect even the minutest clots and fractures invisible to the naked eye.
Also, it would be tremendously helpful in cases of decomposed corpse where it is difficult to ascertain the injuries by visual autopsy, according to Dr Gupta.
“With the help of virtual autopsy, even smaller fractures like hairline or chip fracture in bones along with bleeding which are signs of antemortem injuries can be detected and they can be also documented in the form of X-ray films. These X-ray plates have complete legal evidential value,” Dr Gupta added.
It will also be easier for the doctors conducing the autopsy to track foreign objects like bullets and pellets using this technology.