Reflection: Live from the Morgue

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Blog | No Comments
Reflection:  Live from the Morgue

Live from the Morgue is our live-feed interactive video educational experience for high schools.     To learn more or register your class, please click here or contact us. The voice on the the screen flickered silent as I leaned in. “I can’t see you. I can’t hear you,” I said into my still computer, […]

Essay: The Only Acceptable Option

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Bereavement, Blog, Cancer, Essays | No Comments
Essay:  The Only Acceptable Option

Joe and his wife, Carla, talked about it when she got the news – she didn’t want chemo. She didn’t want chemicals to destroy her body. She made that clear to Joe. Her father went through something awful when he got cancer and she just didn’t believe in those poisons. And they had done their […]

New Procedure: Small Incision Autopsy

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Bereavement, Blog, Education, News | No Comments
New Procedure:  Small Incision Autopsy

We’re now offering an autopsy whose sole purpose is to provide families with information about inherited conditions: The Small Incision Autopsy. Our over-riding goal is to provide families with closure after a loss. Generally, this means understanding why the patient died. But it can also mean explaining what may have caused troubling symptoms, assessing changes […]

Sleuth-It Diagnosis: Bicuspid aortic valve

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth-It Diagnosis:  Bicuspid aortic valve

What counts in the heart? The number of parts to each valve counts. In this case, the number of parts (leaflets) of the aortic valve was important. You stopped counting after seeing two aortic valve leaflets. Normally there are three. Two aortic valves rather than three is an inherited condition called “bicuspid aortic valve.” It […]

Sleuth It — What Counts in the Heart?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth It — What Counts in the Heart?

You perform an autopsy on an elderly man who died suddenly at home. The gentleman was stoic, somewhat distant from his family and never sought medical care. There are four adult children who call you to perform an autopsy. They would like to know what happened. During the autopsy, you find that the sac around […]

Monthly Case – Ruptured AV fistula

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education | No Comments
Monthly Case – Ruptured AV fistula

What is shown? The upper left photograph shows a dissection of an arm. The AV fistula is visible below the skin. The upper arrow shows how paper thin the skin is right next to the AV fistula. The lower arrow shows how paper thin the AV fistula itself is. The bottom left photographs shows the […]

From the Director’s Desk

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Blog | No Comments
From the Director’s Desk

Happy New Year. We have updated our website to help families find their way after a loss. Some families experience a sudden loss; others experience a loss after a long illness. Still other families have questions related to specific experiences — like a surgery; and many come to us with strong feelings that “someone’s to […]

Monthly Case: Coronary Artery Rupture

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Coronary Artery Rupture

What is shown? The top image shows the heart sac opened in the chest. The sac is full of blood (cardiac tamponade). The bottom image shows the heart after the blood around it has been removed. The view is of the back of the heart. There is a T-shaped hemorrhage. The right coronary artery (RCA) […]

From the Director’s Desk

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Blog, From the Director's Desk | No Comments
From the Director’s Desk

Happy Holidays. This late fall and past year have been full of concerning news over a number of police shootings. While our role at Autopsy Center is to focus on medical cause of death, we would be in remiss if we did not comment on the important events and changes taking place in our cities, […]

Sleuth It – The Case Without Findings

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth It – The Case Without Findings

Click here to skip to discussion. A 44 year old man dies suddenly after a night of “partying.” The coroner has made her evaluation but declined to perform an autopsy. The two sons request an independent autopsy, which you perform. The body is thin, but well nourished. There is no evidence of trauma and the […]

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