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what warrants an autopsy
What Warrants an Autopsy
  • Questionable Death-as determined by the coroner
  • Homicide
  • Drowning
  • Auto Accidents
  • Death of a child

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benefits of autopsy
Benefits of Autopsy

Discover cause of death for:

  • Criminal cases
  • Family peace of mind
  • Genetic disease or deformity
  • Insurance claims
  • Medical advancement

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x ray
X-Ray

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autopsy room
Autopsy Room

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external examination
External Examination
  • Trace Evidence
  • Sign of injury or mistreatment
  • Sign of illness, disease, or abnormalities

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body block
Body Block

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trunk dissection
Trunk Dissection
  • Y-shaped incision
  • From the shoulders to the pelvic bone
  • This incision is deep

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opening the chest
Opening the Chest
  • Skin & muscle, are pulled from the chest wall
  • Chest Plate is extracted
  • Heart is extracted

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removal and dissection of the organs
Removal and Dissection of the Organs
  • One organ at a time
  • All body organs at once - ”Rokitansky Method”
  • Upon removal each organ is:
    • Weighed & measured
    • Examined
    • Sliced in cross sections
    • Sampled for microscopic & chemical analysis

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samples
Samples

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running the gut
“Running the Gut”

The contents of the stomach, intestines, and bowels must be inspected as well

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removing the brain
Removing the Brain

The Scalp is cut ear to ear across the crown of the head

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exposing the skull
Exposing the Skull

Next the scalp is pulled forward and back to expose the skull

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exposing the brain
Exposing the Brain

Two methods of cutting the skull cap

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removal of the brain
Removal of the Brain
  • Spinal Cord is cut
  • The soft brain is removed
  • Brain is so soft it must be placed in formaldehyde for about a week before an in depth examination

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close up
Close Up
  • Skull cap is replace
  • Skin pulled back in place
  • Body Organs may or may not be replaced
  • Incisions are sown up with the use of a baseball stitch

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