Bradford will pioneer non-invasive post-mortem examinations carried out using groundbreaking 3D scanners.

The high-tech equipment was being unveiled by Bradford’s Forensic Science Centre today.

The team hopes the technique will reduce the stress and upset that families go through when the remains of a loved one are put through a traditional post-mortem examination.

Bradford Council was hosting a talk about the new technique at City Hall today. Speakers at the event were due to include Bradford Council deputy leader, Councillor Imran Hussain, and Professor Peter Vanezis of iGene, the company providing the 3D scanning equipment.

Ash Govind, global vice-president of iGene, said: “Our new Bradford facility will be a real milestone.

“We are building an extension to the Forensic Science Centre to house the new digital autopsy scanner and this should open in the first quarter of 2014.”