Difference Between Post-mortem And Autopsy

A Post mortem is an open inquiry held in public to try and establish the likely causes of death. An autopsy is often ordered if the cause of death is suspicious or if the Coroner reaches an open verdict. The autopsy involves dissecting the body and its vital organs to try to discover why the person died.


This Latin phrase literally means ‘after death’. Post-mortem CT more efficiently detects bone fractures than an autopsy. A post mortem examination is a medical examination carried out on the body after death. Post-mortem examinations are carried out by doctors specialized and trained in the field of forensic medicine. The doctor may be assisted by a technician who is specially trained for this purpose. A post mortem examination is performed right after death similar to Dr. McCoy's call "He's Dead Jim." or on a crime show where the investigator gets general information like Male, Approx Age approximate time of death, and general condition of the body.


The autopsy (which means ‘to see for oneself’) is conducted on the request of investigating officers in cases of sudden, suspicious un-natural deaths and which are labeled as MLC cases. The circumstances require almost always an autopsy. An Autopsy is the detailed examination of the body in which the body is dissected and the detailed scientific measurements are taken to determine a cause of death. Autopsy more efficiently detects intervertebral injuries than post-mortem CT.


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