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Medical News & Perspectives
July 25, 2007

CT, MRI Scans Offer New Tools for Autopsy

JAMA. 2007;298(4):392-393. doi:10.1001/jama.298.4.392

The latest versions of imaging devices could play a part in autopsy, but costs may ultimately limit their acceptance in the general health care community.

Pathologists have traditionally used x-ray imaging before autopsy to focus their explorations. But lately researchers have published findings suggesting that “virtual autopsy” using multidetector computed tomography (MSCT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be an even better tool to help determine death.