Virtual Autopsy to be implemented first on AIIMS.

The Virtual autopsy will be carried out in India within six months without tearing the dead body. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told the Rajya Sabha that the first phase will be realised in Delhi AIIMS. With this, India will be the first country in the Southeast Asian region to implement virtual autopsy.

The project will be launched in collaboration with the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR). Efforts are underway. AIIMS gets Rs 5 crore from ICMR Provided. The process for purchasing the C.T machine is final. The project will initially be in AIIMS, but will later be extended to other institutions in the country, the minister said. There are more than 3,000 autopsies a year in AIIMS alone. Virtual autopsies are currently being conducted in many countries, including Switzerland.

“A tear-free autopsy is convenient for relatives and doctors of the deceased. The tearing of the body is a cause of pain to the relatives of the deceased. This can be avoided through virtual autopsy. One drawback is that it can be expensive to install equipment. It also requires the approval of the court, said Dr Prasanan, the head of the Calicut Medical College and Forensic Section.

Virtual Autopsy

  •  No tearing of the body.
  • Examine the internal organs, bones and tissues with mechanical assistance. (MRI, CT scan).
  • The special corpsed body The scan will be passed through the machine. Images of the machine's internal organs will be captured in a matter of seconds.
  • These images will be analyzed by forensic experts to determine if the death was natural or unnatural. The cause of death will also be analyzed.
  • Parts of the bullet, internal bleeding, and fractures that are difficult to detect in a traditional postmortem.
  • Half an hour is the maximum time taken for postmortem.
  • More experts can perform simultaneous assessments.
  • By post-mortem, doctors and assistants can eliminate the situation of spreading epidemics.

Traditional Postmortem

  • External examination of external injuries, changes in skin and muscles after death.
  • An incision is made in the centre of the body from the lower jaw to the lower abdomen, and the internal organs are removed. Along with this, the skull is opened and the brain is pulled out.
  • All the organs, including the heart, brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands, genital organs, are examined and recorded for symptoms and injuries.
  • Examines stomach and intestines and records signs of poisoning. Typically, such an examination will reveal the cause of death.
  • This is done in one and a half hours. In some cases, it can last up to two and a half hours.




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