Highly sophisticated digital post-mortems could be the precursor of significant changes in forensic pathology. This would be an upshot for murder investigations, it is alleged.
It has been said that CT scanning acknowledges the cause of death to be resolved even before the body bag has been unzipped!
This technology is an extremely dynamic tool for forensic cases as it gives an amazing insight to the start of any victim examination.
The process is simple, accurate and data is easily manoeuvred. Images are impressive, giving three dimensional images and can give detailed analysis of bone and soft tissue, this also leads to effective and robust evidence in the court room.
Such processes have been used in parts of Australia for post-mortems for years but is still a new concept for the UK.
The problem the forensic teams face with this system is having to push dead bodies through outpatient waiting rooms, therefore possibly having to wait until after hours to use scanners.
Scanning machines continue to be expensive investments but could possibly save money in time in the long run should the coroner see fit for a CT scan to be appropriate in individual cases.
Traditional post-mortems will probably stay around forever although playing around with images of different angles and depths may well be the future!