- 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).
- Anders Eriksson, Professor of Forensic Medicine, Umeå University
- Anders Persson, Professor of Radiology, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, Linköping University
- Torfinn Gustafsson, medical student, Umeå University
- Legal expert: Manólis Nymark, Deputy General Counsel, Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine
- Ethics expert: Lars Sandman, Professor of Ethics, University of Borås
- Monica Hultcrantz (Project Director)
- Malin Höistad (Project Director)
- Stella Jacobson (Assistant Project Director)
- Ingegerd Mejàre (Assistant Project Director)
- Thomas Davidson (Health Economist)
- Anders Norlund (Health Economist)
- Anna Attergren Granath (Project Administrator)
- Hanna Olofsson (Information Specialist)
More on the subject
Eriksson A, Gustafsson T, Hoistad M, Hultcrantz M, Jacobson S, Mejare I, et al. Diagnostic accuracy of postmortem imaging vs autopsy-A systematic review. Eur J Radiol 2017;89:249-69.