Preautopsy magnetic resonance imaging: Initial experience

Pablo R. Ros, King C. Li, Phuc Vo, Herman Baer, Edward V. Staab

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To our knowledge, there are no prospective data in the literature investigating the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in detecting abnormalities in cadavers to determine the feasibility of this concept. We prospectively studied six cadavers (three stillborn infants, one infant, and two adults) with a 0.15 T resistive magnet. The images obtained allowed detection of abnormalities in multiple organs. Although autopsy was superior to MRI in detecting very small abnormalities, MRI was equal to autopsy in detecting gross cranial, pulmonary, abdominal, and vascular pathology in this mall series. In addition, MRI was superior to autopsy in detecting air and fluid in potential body spaces. Preautopsy MRI may be an alternate method in restricted or denied autopsies and may provide an additional MRI research and educational tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Autopsy
  • MRI, postmortem
  • MRI, preautopsy
  • Radiologic-pathologic correlation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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