Digital Autopsy affords dignity and respect to the deceased and is considered more humane. A post-mortem without the need for an invasive procedure eases the family's pain at a difficult time and also means in many occasions that the coroner can release the body sooner than they can for a normal invasive post- mortem. Additionally, Digital Autopsy offers religious and cultural benefits.
A minimal invasive alternative to traditional post-mortems.
Meets religious requirements
Improve services and efficiencies
Potential cost reductions
Choice for the Coroner and the Community
Far reaching benefits for forensic cases.
Involves the creation of a record that can be revisited, offering greater value and usefulness than a traditional post-mortem
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For the recently bereaved...
If a loved one has passed away in sudden or unexpected circumstances, and if a post-mortem is required, our team is on hand to support you in deciding whether a Digital Autopsy may be your preferred choice. If you decide to request a Digital Autopsy as an alternative to the traditional method, you must seek agreement from your local Coroner's office.
To register your preference for Digital Autopsy in advance...
Talk to your family and friends about Digital Autopsy and make sure that people are aware of your wishes. For information and support please speak with the Coroner’s officer, or contact your local iGene Digital Autopsy Facility directly.
Frequently asked questions
How effective is Digital Autopsy?
More than 70% of cases could now be concluded with the use of a Digital Autopsy. On occasions when a virtual post-mortem does not reveal the cause of death, a traditional autopsy may still be necessary.
Is the dignity of the person maintained?
Yes. We believe everybody is precious, so a virtual post-mortem by Digital Autopsy is a dignified process. It is designed to ease the emotional burden on bereaved families by finding causes of death without cutting the person who has died. The body remains covered throughout the process, and even personal effects such as jewellery can remain in place during the scan.
Can you request a Digital Autopsy?
In cases where a Coroner is involved, families may request a Digital Autopsy, however the Coroner must decide whether that is appropriate. A virtual post-mortem will be offered only if the Coroner believes it will establish a cause of death. In deaths where the Coroner is not involved, families can contact iGene directly to request a Digital Autopsy. iGene will review the circumstances surrounding the death and advise whether a Digital Autopsy is an appropriate option.
What fees apply to a Digital Autopsy?
A fee of £500 plus VAT is charged for a Digital Autopsy. The fee is payable when a Digital Autopsy is requested by a family and a Coroner agrees to the request, and in cases where the family contacts iGene directly.
In Coronial cases, if the Digital Autopsy results prove inconclusive and lead to a traditional, invasive autopsy being carried out, the fee will be refunded to the family. In forensic pathology cases, a Coroner can order a Digital Autopsy to be carried out to assist the justice process. In such cases there will be no cost to the family of the deceased.
To confirm your local area’s policy, speak to the Coroner or Coroner’s office. If this service isn’t available in your area, iGene also provides payment options. Please call your local Digital Autopsy Facility for details.
What happens to the scan?
Data acquired from the scan will be securely stored for an indefinite period. Digital Autopsy also offers the opportunity to help future generations by opting-in to our medical research programme, where the raw data from the virtual post-mortem will be used for research and education once consented by the family.
How can I find out more about Digital Autopsy?
Please contact our team on 0114 278 0712, who would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Digital Autopsy process. Simply call your local Digital Autopsy Facility, send us a message on Facebook, or tweet @digitalautopsy1