ICMR, AIIMS working on a technique to start virtual postmortem

Union health minister Dr Harsh Varshan on Tuesday, December 03 stated that postmortem will be done without incising or dissecting the body


The health minister during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha said that All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) are working together on a technique for postmortem without incising/dissecting the body. The minister said the technique is likely to become functional in next six months.

Dr Harsh Vardhan stated that the virtual autopsy will be cost and time effective as it would take only 30 minutes to complete one autopsy as against two-and-half-hour in normal postmortem. He said all records will be digitally stored for review.

India is the first country to start ‘virtual autopsy’ in south east Asian region, he informed.

“The ICMR and AIIMS have studied global practices and taken up this project for the dignified management of dead body,” Dr Vardhan said.

The ICMR has provided Rs 5 crore to AIIMS for this purpose and the process is in an advance stage for getting a CT machine, the health minister said.