Sheffield lawyers welcome new digital scanner for post mortems

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Lawyers in Sheffield representing families who have lost loved ones have welcomed the launch of the UK’s first digital autopsy centre in Sheffield.

The Irwin Mitchell legal team in the city said the 
£3 million facility at Sheffield’s mortuary in the Medico Legal Centre, Upperthorpe, would ‘make a huge difference to so many people’.

The scanner uses non-invasive three-dimensional visualisation software to perform post mortems, avoiding the need for pathologists to dissect bodies.

The scanner takes about three minutes to scan a body – making it possible for them to be released to families for funerals more quickly.

Adrian Budgen, a partner and head of personal injury cases at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, said: “It is fantastic to see Sheffield at the forefront of the technological developments in this area.

“We know this is going to make huge difference to so many people when they go through the heartache of losing a loved one.

“Through our work representing people who have lost relatives in tragic circumstances including collisions, clinical negligence and work-related incidents, we see first hand the hugely difficult grieving process that families and friends go through.

“While nothing will take away the pain of losing someone, it will at least be respite to many that their loved ones will face a non-invasive and quick examination.”