Postmortem radiology is useful but no substitute for necropsy

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7363.549/a (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:549
  1. Benjamin Swift, specialist registrar (bs7@le.ac.uk)
  1. Department of Histopathology, Level 3, Sandringham Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW

    EDITOR—Recent high profile events surrounding postmortem examination procedures have required that additional means of examination be sought.1 A necropsy describes a variety of methods used to ascertain the cause of death or pathological conditions within a deceased person, and ranges from a needle biopsy to radiology. Common usage of the term, however, refers to the thorough macroscopic and microscopic examinations of the organ systems, which are evidence based and derived from the centuries of research into pathological processes and their correlation …

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