Duration: 1 hour
In the second webinar, participants were introduced to the use of PMCT as a triage tool in a busy forensic pathology practice. Participants first learned about the history of the use of PMCT at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator ( OMI) and the existing research and literature on the efficacy of PMCT in the medical examiner setting.
PMCT has become a vital tool in the triage of cases at the OMI. Participants were introduced to the daily triage of cases and how PMCT is utilized by the pathologists to determine whether or not individual cases need to receive a full autopsy, a partial autopsy, or an external examination. This was done through a case-based discussion with pertinent histories and CT findings. The use of ancillary testing, including urine drug screening, confirmatory toxicology testing, and nasopharyngeal swabs were reviewed in the context of PMCT.
Participants reviewed how OMI has created updated standard operating procedures to guide pathologist triage with PMCT and the importance of the creation of clear guidelines for the incorporation of PMCT into practice. In addition, challenges and limitations of the use of PMCT for case triage were identified.
1) Participants will be familiar with the current research and literature on the use of PMCT in forensic pathology.
2) Participants will have a basic understanding of how PMCT can be utilized in the daily triaging of cases for examination and ancillary testing.
3) Participants will appreciate the need to develop standard operating guidelines for the use of PMCT by pathologists in the office.
Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.
Clarissa S. Krinsky, MD, CFP - Medical Examiner at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator