Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question for iGene's Digital Autopsy team? Please get in touch, or see below for a selection of frequently asked questions...
Q) How effective is Digital Autopsy?
More than 70% of cases could now be concluded with the use of a Digital Autopsy. On occasions when a virtual post-mortem does not reveal the cause of death, a traditional autopsy may still be necessary.
Q) Is the dignity of the person maintained?
Yes. We believe everybody is precious, so a virtual post-mortem by Digital Autopsy is a dignified process. It is designed to ease the emotional burden on bereaved families by finding causes of death without cutting the person who has died. The body remains covered throughout the process, and even personal effects such as jewellery can remain in place during the scan.
Q) Can you request a Digital Autopsy?
In cases where a Coroner is involved, families may request a Digital Autopsy, however the Coroner must decide whether that is appropriate. A virtual post-mortem will be offered only if the Coroner believes it will establish a cause of death. In deaths where the Coroner is not involved, families can contact iGene directly to request a Digital Autopsy. iGene will review the circumstances surrounding the death and advise whether a Digital Autopsy is an appropriate option.
Q) What fees apply to a Digital Autopsy?
A fee of £500 plus VAT is charged for a Digital Autopsy. The fee is payable when a Digital Autopsy is requested by a family and a Coroner agrees to the request, and in cases where the family contacts iGene directly.
In Coronial cases, if the Digital Autopsy results prove inconclusive and lead to a traditional, invasive autopsy being carried out, the fee will be refunded to the family. In forensic pathology cases, a Coroner can order a virtual post-mortem to be carried out to assist the justice process. In such cases there will be no cost to the family of the deceased.
Some local authorities are also showing their support for Digital Autopsy by providing the service free of charge when a post-mortem is required. To confirm your local area’s policy, speak to the Coroner or Coroner’s office.
If this service isn’t available free of charge, iGene also provides payment options. Please call your local Digital Autopsy Facility for details.
Q) What happens to the scan?
Data acquired from the scan will be securely stored for an indefinite period. Digital Autopsy also offers the opportunity to help future generations by opting-in to our medical research programme, where the raw data from the virtual post-mortem will be used for research and education once consented by the family.
Q) How can I find out more about Digital Autopsy?
Please contact our team, who would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Digital Autopsy process. Simply call your local Digital Autopsy Facility, send us a message on Facebook, or tweet @digitalautopsy1