University of Leicester to launch UK’s first virtual autopsy course for pathologists, radiologists, coroners and radiographers

Posted by pt91 at Sep 13, 2012 01:25 PM |
New course aims to give practioners training in post-mortem computed tomography

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 September 2012

Pathologists, radiologists, coroners and radiographers will receive introductory training in a revolutionary new form of autopsy practice. The forensic pathologists and radiologists at the University of Leicester in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust are international experts in this new field.

The East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit (EMFPU), based at the University, is offering the UK’s first course in post-mortem computed tomography (CT) – a new non-surgical autopsy technique.

The series of one-day courses addressing different aspects of the post-mortem CT techniques will introduce HM Coroners, pathologists, radiologists, radiographers and any other interested parties to the use of CT in the investigation of sudden death.

The course will feature talks from UK post mortem imaging experts Professor Guy Rutty, Chief Forensic Pathologist to the EMFPU, and Professor Bruno Morgan, Forensic Radiologist at the University of Leicester’s College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology. Last year, Professor Rutty became the first person to present evidence derived from post mortem computed tomography in a UK court.

Dr Frances Hollingbury, Speciality Registrar in Forensic Pathology at the EMFPU, said: “There is currently no UK training programme in post-mortem imaging.  The Leicester Post-Mortem Computed Tomography Imaging Course is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to increase the awareness of post-mortem imaging as well as providing training to those interested in this field.

“Over the last 10 years, post-mortem computed tomography has been increasingly used as an adjunct to invasive post mortem examinations. The continuing developments in this area, especially with the advances in the use of post-mortem angiographic techniques, mean that post-mortem computed tomography now has the potential to replace some invasive post-mortem procedures.

“CT enables the body to be viewed in great detail in both two and three dimensional reconstructions prior to invasive examination allowing pathologists to plan their approach to the examination as well as highlighting potential health and safety concerns for example the presence of projectiles or multiple bony injuries.  The CT data is stored indefinitely allowing the scans to be reviewed at any time and in any location around the world.”

The first day-long course, Introduction to Post-Mortem Imaging, will be held on October 9 at the EMFPU. Further courses in Practical Introduction to Post-Mortem CT and Reporting and Practical Introduction to Post-Mortem Angiography will be held at later dates.  A separate day is also planned for radiographers.


For more information, please contact Dr Frances Hollingbury on 0116 252 3221 or at:

More information about the course and the EMFPU can be found here:

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