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Walsall Council enters a five month agreement to use digital technology to carry out post mortems.

  • 23 April 2020
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Walsall Council has entered into a five month agreement with London company iGene to use 21st century digital technology to carry out post mortems.

Cllr Garry Perry, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure & Culture said: "I am very pleased to confirm that from Monday 27 April 2020 Walsall will be helping to tackle Covid-19 by using digital autopsies." 

A digital autopsy allows a non-invasive post mortem to be carried out using Computerised Tomography (CT) images.

Cllr Perry said: "They create a cross-sectional image for a virtual exploration of the human body. "In approximately 70% of cases it can help identify the cause of death without having to use invasive autopsies. "The technology has the added benefit of being able to identify the cause of death much quicker."

The digital autopsies are undertaken at the Sandwell Valley Crematorium where iGene's CT equipment is based. iGene will receive all bodies deemed suitable for a digital autopsy as the first line of intervention.

Walsall joins Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton in using this technology.

Cllr Perry added: "At a time of this national emergency we must do everything possible to keep the NHS safe and save lives. "Using digital autopsies will help us acheive this."

The initial agreement will run from Monday 27 April to Wednesday 30 September 2020 when it will be reviewed.


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