Cryonics Revival Scenarios and Potential Roadmaps A digital autopsy is a non-invasive autopsy

Published in Scanners.

A digital autopsy is a non-invasive autopsy in which digital imaging technology, such as with Computerized Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, is used to develop three-dimensional images for a virtual exploration of a human body.

Digital autopsy, simply, means conducting autopsy in computerized environment by digital tools. The first step of digitizing starts with the medical imaging modalities that provide the raw data images from the deceased. The most common modalities are Computerized Tomography (CT scan) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner. Three dimensional medical visualization is the technical process that provide the digital environment for exploration of the 3D body and conducting the digital autopsy.

The term cannot be found before 1985 in the literature. However, there are many other similar terms like: Postmortem CT scanning for individual organs,[1] volumetric radiologic scanning,[2] Virtual Autopsy[3] and Virtopsy.[4]