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Impact of changing from autopsy to post-mortem CT in an entire HM Coroner Region due to a shortage of available Pathologists.

A significant problem facing routine medicolegal coroner-referred autopsies is a shortfall of pathologists prepared to perform them. The PMCT service does not delay the release of bodies to the next of kin. The latest data suggest that PMCT is a practical solution for potentially failing autopsy services. By necessity, this involves changes in diagnoses, as PMCT and autopsy have different strengths and weaknesses, but the ability to pick up unnatural death is unaffected.