An unpleasant subject to some, autopsies or post-mortem exams have traditionally been the best way to garner important scientific evidence related to the human body. They also play an important role in determining the cause of death in situations where circumstances are questionable. Autopsies are performed under the direction of the local coroner or another official by skilled professionals well-versed in human anatomy. For those curious about how an autopsy is conducted, this list can offer some insight to the processes involved.
1. Physical Characteristics Are Recorded
Logging the deceased’s physical characteristics is an important first step when performing an autopsy. Typically, the technician will note things like height, weight, any visible markings (such as tattoos or scars), and also take into account the age and gender of the deceased. Fingerprints may also be recorded, particularly when there is an ongoing investigation. Photos may be taken to visually document any findings.
2. A More Thorough Examination Occurs Next
Once baseline characteristics have been established, the technician will seek additional clues by examining the deceased. During this process, anything out of the ordinary will be noted (including foreign fibers, questionable marks and bruising, etc.) Dental records will also be consulted, as these can be extremely helpful for identification purposes. Once the examination is complete, the technician will take additional photos of the body to include any significant findings.
3. The Deceased Is Examined Internally
After compiling external characteristics, the technician will then begin an internal exam. This entails cutting into the body to investigate internal organs, as well as searching for any signs of trauma or abuse. Technicians must take detailed notes during this portion of the exam, as well as thoroughly examining each major organ. Once this is complete, findings will be compiled and used to aid in determining the cause of death. This eventually becomes official record via one’s death certificate.
Autopsies can be critically important, providing much-needed physical evidence for criminal cases and giving friends and loved one’s closure during a time of grief.
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