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- Based on currently available evidence, it is not possible to determine the reliability of post mortem imaging as a complement or alternative to autopsy. Individual studies suggest that post mortem imaging could be useful for determining organ weights, for example, but further studies are required for confirmation.
- Further studies are required to determine the benefits of post mortem imaging in clinical and forensic autopsies. These studies should meet the following requirements: greater conformity of study design, improved study quality and larger, preferably multicenter studies.
- The greatest need for research in this field pertains to conditions in which there is a risk that autopsy could fail to detect important findings, and where it is considered difficult to extrapolate knowledge and experience from studies on living individuals.
How to cite this report: SBU. Post mortem imaging. Stockholm: Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU); 2015. SBU report no 2015-01 (in Swedish).
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