State-of-the-art machinery in Bradford's new digital autopsy centre will allow pathologists to examine bodies without dissection

£2m state-of-the-art digital autopsy centre opens in Bradford

Professor Peter Vanezis, forensic pathologist, at the screen looking at body images taken by the new scanner

The new scanner at Bradford's digital autopsy centre

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A £2 million state-of-the-art autopsy centre was unveiled in Bradford yesterday.

The aim of Digital Autopsy – which was created by Malaysian firm iGene – is to improve the performance and results of post-mortems, as well as creating a more humanitarian way of conducting them, without the need for dissection.

The centre in Bradford, which is at the public and forensic mortuary on Burnham Avenue, is the second to open in a £50 million network of 18 being created in the UK.

The process, which involves a CT scanner and revolutionary software, ends with a 3D reconstruction of a body on a computer screen for a pathologist to examine. It can take as little as 12 minutes.

Peter Vanezis, a forensic pathologist for 40 years, was introduced to the system in Malaysia in 2010.

He said: “It is an enormous step forward. What we are looking at here is using the latest technology to be able to see in the human body in a way we have not been able to before.

“We can see what is wrong with organs, any damage to bones, the pattern of damage to bones, track wounds, see where blood is, injuries from road traffic accidents, stabbings and shootings.

“We can see the things we see at autopsy without the need to dissect the body – that is the big thing.”

The deputy leader of Bradford Council, Councillor Imran Hussain, who is a big supporter of this type of autopsy, unveiled a plaque at the centre yesterday alongside Malaysian representatives of iGene.

He said: “I think it will be a magnificent facility. I’m very proud that Bradford will be one of the first places in the country to have these facilities. It will be welcome news for all bereaved families.”

Dr Alan Fletcher, the head of medical science at iGene, added: “People in Bradford are going to be part of the revolution of the way this is approached worldwide.

“We are delighted that the Digital Autopsy Facility in Bradford is opening, which will not only complement the current arrangements for coronial investigation, but offer people an unrivalled opportunity moving forwards to avoid an invasive post mortem.

“Digital Autopsy represents a tremendous compassionate step forward in establishing the cause of death. It is non or minimally invasive, therefore avoiding having to dissect the body, and it can facilitate the earlier release of bodies for burial or cremation, which is also an important factor for grieving families.”

The digital autopsy is currently the second option for a post-mortem examination, behind the current “invasive” method. But iGene believes the opposite will be the case in future, with invasive post-mortems only required if the digital autopsy cannot provide all the information needed.

There is still some work to be carried out at the Bradford centre, but it is expected to be up and running by July.

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8:27pm Fri 30 May 14

BierleyBoy says...

More humanitarian? Is that Islamic code for we don't want to follow Western standards of post mortem examinations?

Quite bizarre that halal is deemed perfectly acceptable.

Why is there no reference to this being an Islamic company and this facility being specifically for Muslims?

Has this been paid for entirely by iiGene?
More humanitarian? Is that Islamic code for we don't want to follow Western standards of post mortem examinations? Quite bizarre that halal is deemed perfectly acceptable. Why is there no reference to this being an Islamic company and this facility being specifically for Muslims? Has this been paid for entirely by iiGene? BierleyBoy
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11:53pm Fri 30 May 14

lazybeat says...

you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.
you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab. lazybeat
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11:56pm Fri 30 May 14

lazybeat says...

this would probably be a bad time to tell you dyson hoovers are also made in malaysia
this would probably be a bad time to tell you dyson hoovers are also made in malaysia lazybeat
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6:33am Sat 31 May 14

Albion. says...

lazybeat wrote:
you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.
I think he was referring to the reasons for having a none invasive device.
[quote][p][bold]lazybeat[/bold] wrote: you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.[/p][/quote]I think he was referring to the reasons for having a none invasive device. Albion.
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12:43pm Sat 31 May 14

BierleyBoy says...

lazybeat wrote:
you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.
Chopped up in a lab? You seem to be missing the point that this machine is for one section only of the community. One that does not want to conform to required practices around establishing cause of death.

A machine cannot do this. A machine cannot see and test what the human eye and pathology expert can.

A dreadful religion yet again imposing itself upon already established practices to change them for it's adherents. Islamification in action.

This machine isn't available to non Muslims. Religious bigotry in action. Who is paying for the ongoing cost of this service?
[quote][p][bold]lazybeat[/bold] wrote: you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.[/p][/quote]Chopped up in a lab? You seem to be missing the point that this machine is for one section only of the community. One that does not want to conform to required practices around establishing cause of death. A machine cannot do this. A machine cannot see and test what the human eye and pathology expert can. A dreadful religion yet again imposing itself upon already established practices to change them for it's adherents. Islamification in action. This machine isn't available to non Muslims. Religious bigotry in action. Who is paying for the ongoing cost of this service? BierleyBoy
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11:47pm Sat 31 May 14

lazybeat says...

the whole purpose of this machine is to enable scientific development moving into the future. An innovative system which moves science to the next stage from the old age system of dissection which is minimised by a faster and more accurate method of technology. as a graduate in forensic sciences I can speak first hand on how this technology could make a significant improvement from current practices.

its nothing to do with faith. but what would you know, more than likely your probably an individual who never prospered beyond a GCSE.
the whole purpose of this machine is to enable scientific development moving into the future. An innovative system which moves science to the next stage from the old age system of dissection which is minimised by a faster and more accurate method of technology. as a graduate in forensic sciences I can speak first hand on how this technology could make a significant improvement from current practices. its nothing to do with faith. but what would you know, more than likely your probably an individual who never prospered beyond a GCSE. lazybeat
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4:13pm Sun 1 Jun 14

linebacker2 says...

BierleyBoy wrote:
lazybeat wrote:
you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.
Chopped up in a lab? You seem to be missing the point that this machine is for one section only of the community. One that does not want to conform to required practices around establishing cause of death.

A machine cannot do this. A machine cannot see and test what the human eye and pathology expert can.

A dreadful religion yet again imposing itself upon already established practices to change them for it's adherents. Islamification in action.

This machine isn't available to non Muslims. Religious bigotry in action. Who is paying for the ongoing cost of this service?
Do you actually have any expertise in the field of forensic medicine or are you just spouting off?
[quote][p][bold]BierleyBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lazybeat[/bold] wrote: you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.[/p][/quote]Chopped up in a lab? You seem to be missing the point that this machine is for one section only of the community. One that does not want to conform to required practices around establishing cause of death. A machine cannot do this. A machine cannot see and test what the human eye and pathology expert can. A dreadful religion yet again imposing itself upon already established practices to change them for it's adherents. Islamification in action. This machine isn't available to non Muslims. Religious bigotry in action. Who is paying for the ongoing cost of this service?[/p][/quote]Do you actually have any expertise in the field of forensic medicine or are you just spouting off? linebacker2
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7:45pm Sun 1 Jun 14

lazybeat says...

linebacker2 wrote:
BierleyBoy wrote:
lazybeat wrote:
you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.
Chopped up in a lab? You seem to be missing the point that this machine is for one section only of the community. One that does not want to conform to required practices around establishing cause of death.

A machine cannot do this. A machine cannot see and test what the human eye and pathology expert can.

A dreadful religion yet again imposing itself upon already established practices to change them for it's adherents. Islamification in action.

This machine isn't available to non Muslims. Religious bigotry in action. Who is paying for the ongoing cost of this service?
Do you actually have any expertise in the field of forensic medicine or are you just spouting off?
15 years experience in forensic and medical development
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BierleyBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lazybeat[/bold] wrote: you really must be dim. who cares if its an muslim country making this. in the medical world they're not as dumb, narrow minded and bigoted like you. the whole purpose of this machine is for when you drop dead in your own vomit. Your family will not have to worry about you being chopped up in a lab.[/p][/quote]Chopped up in a lab? You seem to be missing the point that this machine is for one section only of the community. One that does not want to conform to required practices around establishing cause of death. A machine cannot do this. A machine cannot see and test what the human eye and pathology expert can. A dreadful religion yet again imposing itself upon already established practices to change them for it's adherents. Islamification in action. This machine isn't available to non Muslims. Religious bigotry in action. Who is paying for the ongoing cost of this service?[/p][/quote]Do you actually have any expertise in the field of forensic medicine or are you just spouting off?[/p][/quote]15 years experience in forensic and medical development lazybeat
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