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AIIMS and ICMR set to introduce postmortem without dissecting body

All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) are jointly working on a technique for postmortem without dissecting the body, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, said in Rajya Sabha, on Tuesday.

A high-level expert team visited different countries in Europe and studied the method of ‘virtual autopsy.’ The new technique is likely to be implemented in India in the next six-month, the Minister said.

Many countries including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Israel, and all the Middle-Eastern countries have already started doing virtual autopsies. So, there is enough data about the whole subject in the world, the Minister said adding that, “India is the first country that is going to start it in the South-East Asia Region.”

The AIIMS is in the advanced stages of implementing this and it is in the process of purchasing a CT machine. Initially, it is going to be started only in the AIIMS, Delhi and subsequently, it would be introduced into other institutions. The AIIMS will provide the required training, he said.

The ICMR and AIIMS have studied global practices for “dignified management of dead body”, Vardhan said, adding family members of the deceased feel uncomfortable with the traditional way of postmortem. He said all records will be digitally stored for review.

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