Virtual Autopsy Not to Replace Real Thing Soon

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Medical imaging still cannot fully take the place of an actual autopsy, according to an editorial set to appear in the Jan. 17 on-line edition of the Annals of Internal Medecine.

The authors from Johns Hopkins University make the case that autopsies discover some 23% of new diagnoses not detected by prior medical imaging, according to a press release.

The number of autopsies has steadily declined over the past decade, but it’s not because of virtual autopsy, so-called virtopsy, the authors state, but overconfidence of diagnostic imaging results before the patient dies.

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