As stated on their Virtopsy.com web site the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland is working on the future of forensic medicine and science by creating what the British daily the Telegraph recently called Autopsy without the Scalpel.
From the Vitropsy.com web site: “Virtopsy® was born from the desire to implement new techniques in radiology for the benefit of forensic science. There have been great improvements in MSCT and MRI technology, increasing both contrast and resolution and offering possibilities of 2D and 3D reconstruction. The aim is to establish an observer independent, objective and reproducible forensic assessment method using modern imaging technology, eventually leading to minimally invasive “virtual” forensic autopsy.”
Check out the videos below to learn more about the process, its applications and its respective technological break-throughs.
Warning: Some of the images may be disturbing though they are certainly much, much easier to look at as compared to pictures of real autopsies.