How long does a forensic post mortem examination take?

How long does a forensic post mortem examination take?

Autopsies usually take two to four hours to perform. Preliminary results can be released within 24 hours, but the full results of an autopsy may take up to six weeks to prepare.

Who cuts dead bodies?

Autopsies are usually performed by a specialized medical doctor called a pathologist. In most cases, a medical examiner or coroner can determine cause of death and only a small portion of deaths require an autopsy.

What is the purpose of a post mortem examination?

A post-mortem examination (also called an autopsy) is a medical examination of a dead body to determine the exact cause of death. It is carried out by a pathologist (a doctor who specialises in the nature and causes of disease). When is a post-mortem necessary? A post-mortem may be requested by either a coroner or a doctor.

When does a coroner ask for a post mortem?

A coroner (an independent judicial office holder who investigates unexpected deaths) will ask for a post-mortem in the case of a violent, sudden or unnatural death or as part of a criminal investigation, and may use its findings at an inquest. A doctor may ask for a post-mortem to find out more about an illness or for medical research.

What kind of examination is done after death?

A post-mortem examination is a medical examination after a person’s death, also known an autopsy. Post mortem examinations are done by pathologists, who are specially trained doctors, with help from fully trained technical staff.

When do you get release papers after a post mortem?

Not usually. A post-mortem normally takes place within a few days of death. Following the examination, release papers will be issued and you can make arrangements for the funeral. However, in some cases you may have to wait several weeks to see the results of the post-mortem. When can I register the death after a post-mortem?