Latest Autopsy Stories

Questions Raised About Longstanding Forensic Identification Technique
2013-12-11 10:28:31

North Carolina State University Forensic experts have long used the shape of a person’s skull to make positive identifications of human remains. But those findings may now be called into question, since a new study from North Carolina State University shows that there is not enough variation in skull shapes to make a positive ID. “In a lot of cases, murder victims or the victims of disasters are from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and don’t have extensive dental records we can...

2012-12-26 12:56:35

Among deployed U.S. service members who died of combat or unintentional injuries between 2001-2011 and underwent autopsies, the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis was 8.5 percent, with factors associated with a higher prevalence of the disease including older age, lower educational level and prior diagnoses of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity, according to a study in the December 26 issue of JAMA. "An early breakthrough in the understanding of the natural history of...

2012-10-26 12:40:05

Group chaired by University of Leicester forensic pathology expert recommends Department of Health should create national autopsy imaging service The NHS should implement a non-invasive alternative to autopsies, according to a Department of Health-commissioned report by leading UK experts within the field of post-mortem cross-sectional imaging. The NHS Implementation Sub-Group of the Department of Health's Post Mortem, Forensic and Disaster Imaging Group (PMFDI) has called on the NHS to...

2012-01-17 10:07:38

TV crime shows like Bones and CSI are quick to explain each death by showing highly detailed scans and video images of victims' insides. Traditional autopsies, if shown at all, are at best in supporting roles to the high-tech equipment, and usually gloss over the sometimes physically grueling tasks of sawing through skin and bone. But according to two autopsy and body imaging experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the notion that "virtopsy" could replace traditional autopsy-- made popular...

2011-03-01 14:17:46

Breakthrough science is cost-effective and easy to use A new non-surgical post-mortem technique that has the potential to revolutionize the way autopsies are conducted around the world has been pioneered by forensic pathologists and radiologists at the University of Leicester in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The technique developed by a team in the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, at the University of Leicester, has been published today (1 March) in...

2009-09-30 13:05:00

The first-ever scientific autopsy of an Egyptian mummy concluded that the woman had died from complications with ovarian cancer, but a new study has shown that conclusion may have been wrong. Augustus Bozzi Granville, a British physician and obstetrician, completed the first-ever mummy autopsy in 1825. He noted that the cause of death was ovarian cancer. "I determined, perfect and beautiful as it was, to make it the object of further research by subjecting it to the anatomical knife, and thus...

2009-08-09 16:37:47

A 39-year-old Illinois man died of natural causes at a Chicago hospital after falling ill at the Lollapalooza music festival, authorities say. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that authorities said Jeffrey Grimm of Oak Park died after being rushed in critical condition from the music festival to a hospital Friday. An autopsy revealed Grimm died of hemopericardium from an aortic dissection and cardiovascular disease. The autopsy finding meant Grimm suffered a tear in the wall of his...

2009-07-22 09:10:00

A privately hired pathologist agrees with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office that Michael Jackson had Propofol in his system, sources told E! News. The iconic recording artist died June 25. The cause of his death is still under investigation and the results of toxicology tests conducted on his body are not expected to be released for at least another week. However, E! News quoted an insider as saying both a private autopsy commissioned by the Jackson family and an examination performed...

2009-07-17 09:43:28

The Los Angeles County Coroner's office will not release the results of Michael Jackson's autopsy for another two weeks, sources told TMZ. Results of toxicology tests performed on the 50-year-old singer's body reportedly were expected to be released to the media this week or early next week. However, sources told the entertainment news Web site the announcement has been delayed two weeks because some outside consultants have not completed their analyses and the coroner does not release...

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