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From chaos to order—and compassion—in autopsies

November 2014—Pathology resident Beth Ellen Frost, DO, has at times taken an uncommon step to put family members at ease when they are asked to consent, or have consented, to an autopsy for a loved one: She’s providing her cell phone number. Simple but purposeful, and it’s one part of a new initiative to improve the University of Kentucky HealthCare system’s autopsy process, which has other pathology staff handing out numbers too.

How high-tech approach may reshape the autopsy

March 2014—Boosters of so-called virtual autopsy say it has the potential to revolutionize the practice of forensic pathology and could help increase the share of U.S. deaths subject to medical autopsy. The technique involves the use of computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and three-dimensional surface scanning technology to help resolve tricky forensic questions such as whether a woman was killed with a hammer or a bicycle wrench.

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