Virtual Autopsy Not to Replace Real Thing Soon
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. For additional information click here. For the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine click here.