Photo - (Below, from left) His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC & Sheffield City Council Leader, Councillor Julie Dore
Also at the opening in Sheffield, city council leader and councillor Julie Dore, said, "Sheffield has always prided itself in being at the forefront of modern technology and for embracing pioneering work in the medical field. Yet again we can celebrate another achievement for Sheffield. There are countless families who will be able to benefit from our city having this new facility."
The construction and equipping of the new Sheffield centre is being funded by iGene, which will also train and support pathologist around the region and provide training to other facilities across the UK, as well as recruiting up to 14 other highly-skilled support staff to work along-side them.
iGene's Chandran said about 550,000 deaths are recorded in England and Wales each year alone, of which more than 200,000 are classified as medico legal. "Digital Autopsies will become the first line intervention in post-mortem investigation and more than 70 percent of the cases could be concluded with Digital Autopsy alone. In the future a more targeted, invasive post mortem may only be required where Digital Autopsy cannot provide all information required."
iGene has been developing the software for 12 years and following the opening of the Digital Autopsy Facility in Sheffield, a centre in Bradford is expected to open in 2014.
The company aims to have 18 centres across England and Wales open by the end of 2015, with the eventual creation of up to 250 highly-skilled jobs.
Photo - (below) Skull with bullet hole
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