This unique method was used for Raju Srivastav’s postmortem; details inside

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Comedian Raju Srivastav succumbed to a month-long battle against cardiac arrest, which he fought on August 10 during a training session. The comedian breathed his last on September 21. According to hospital sources, he died at 10.20 am.

The actor’s last rites take place at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi.

Head of Forensic Department Dr. Sudhir Gupta said on Wednesday that the autopsy of comedian Raju Srivastava was done using a new technique. The 58-year-old comedian died on Wednesday after spending more than 40 days in hospital, the news agency reported.

This new technology is called a virtual autopsy-free autopsy. This is done with the help of high-tech digital X-rays and CT scans, Dr. Gupta told the media, which is less time consuming as compared to a traditional autopsy and is non-invasive that allows the body to be released for early cremation or burial.

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Why was this new technique applied to Raju Srivastav’s anatomy?
An autopsy is a specialized surgical procedure that examines the body of a dead person to determine the cause and method of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. The body is looked at internally in order to understand the way of death.

In the case of Raju Srivastav, his body was examined using a hypothetical autopsy method. “Initially, when he was brought to an AIIMS victim, he was not in his right mind and a clear history of the fall while running on the treadmill could not be properly explained. This is why it became a legal medical issue, and in such type of cases opting for a medical condition,” Dr. Gupta explained. The police perform an autopsy if the person dies.”

According to a research report, virtual autopsy can be used as an alternative to the standard autopsy for a comprehensive and systematic examination of the whole body because it takes less time, facilitates better diagnosis, and respects religious sentiments.

How does this technique work?

“Radiographic examination can detect fractures and blood clots that are not visible to the naked eye. There are often fractures and hidden injuries that are difficult to detect.” With the help of virtual autopsy, even smaller fractures such as a hairline or broken bone with bleeding can detect signs of pre-mortem injuries and can also be documented in the form of x-ray films. Gupta said these X-ray panels have full legal proof value.

He said traditional surgery is a bit painful to deal with the affected family, and virtual dissection is a better option.

When did you start in India?
Virtual autopsy began in India in 2020. Then Federal Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, when informing the Rajya Sabha in 2019, said, “The family members of the deceased feel uncomfortable with the traditional method of autopsy. Virtual autopsy will also be costly and time in effect as it would take It only takes 30 minutes to complete versus the 2.5 hours it normally takes.”

AIIMS 5 crore has been allocated for this project. AIIMS performs approximately 3,000 autopsies each year, and depending on the complexity of the case, an autopsy can take up to 3 days.

AIIMS Delhi is the only institute in Southeast Asia that has been performing a virtual autopsy for the past two years.

Countries like Switzerland, the United States, and Australia are already using virtual autopsies.

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