Monday, 8 June 2015

Website Launch

We're excited to announce that after weeks of planning and hard work we're very pleased with our new website which is now live at 

Website Homepage

The new website features up to date news articles, FAQ, how to request a Digital Autopsy, the everybody campaign, surveys and our social media pages to keep you updated with our events and news! 

If you love the website as much as we do why not tweet us @digitalautopsy1 and tell us!!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Bradford University - Dying Matters Conference
      Our Regional Engagement Executives (Steph and Esta) attended Bradford University on Wednesday 20th May for the "Let's Talk Death" Conference. The conference included speakers such as Professor Jan Oyebode talking about “We need to talk about it after death too", Martin Neal – talking about “Grieving in people with dementia and caregivers”, Dawn Thompson – talking about “A Carer’s Perspective”, Dr. Karina Croucher – talking about “Using stories from the past to talk about death”

Steph and Esta both said "The Conference was a fascinating insight into other aspects of bereavement. It was interesting to hear about the research going on within the University which included Dementia – how to understand and help those who do not know that their loved one has died due to the disease. 

On Thursday 21st May our team attended the Death Cafe and met some very interesting people from a variety of backgrounds who all expressed interest in our service and were intrigued to know more about Digital Autopsy.

If you missed the opportunity to attend these events but would like to talk to our team about Digital Autopsy then send us an email to

(Esta Left, Steph Right)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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 scanning will be used for research and education once consented by the family.
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, full invasive autopsy being carried out, the fee will be refunded to the family.

In forensic pathology cases, a Coroner can order a Digital Autopsy 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.

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 Digital Autopsy does not reveal the cause of death, a traditional autopsy may still be necessary.
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 Digital Autopsy 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.
Is the dignity of the person maintained?

Yes. We believe everybody is precious, so 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.