Published On: Wed, Jan 29th, 2014 on 5:53 pm

A step closer to digital autopsy in Bradford

Digital Autopsy Bradford

Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Imran Hussain with Matt Chandran of iGene

A recent contract signing means that ground-breaking post-mortem equipment is one step closer to being installed at Bradford’s Forensic Science Centre this year.

The contract has been signed between Bradford Council and technology specialist iGene to install 3D visualisation software and a scanner which will mean non-invasive post-mortems can be carried out as a possible alternative to the traditional post-mortem procedures.

The full body scans will be able to see through skin, bone and tissue, and will eliminate the use of the scalpel, which has often raised questions of intrusion and respect.

The non-invasive process will also aim to provide a less harrowing alternative for relatives who have lost a loved one and in some cases it may allow the body to be released for a funeral sooner, providing there are no further investigations and examinations to follow.

On 24 January, the deal was sealed as Matt Chandran, CEO of iGene came to sign the contract papers.

Also attending was Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Imran Hussain, who has played a key role in campaigning to introduce the autopsy technology into the Bradford district.

He told the Yorkshire Standard: “There has been a lot of hard work going into this campaign for many years in Bradford and across the country so I would like to thank everyone involved.

“There is a long journey to travel but we’re on that journey and I’m committed to seeing this all the way to the other end where non-invasive post-mortems are the normal way of doing things.”

The first £3 million Digital Autopsy Facility was opened at Sheffield’s Medico-Legal Centre on 27 November, and iGene aims to have 18 digital autopsy centres across England and Wales open by the end of 2015.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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