A self-explanatory term for a postmortem examination performed on a person who was given a radioactive tracer or therapeutic agent before death.
In post-mortem examinations of decedents who received radioactive implants, the counts/second–cps of radiation must be converted to Bequerels/cm2 to allow the ingested, inhaled or absorbed activity and resulting radiation dose in µSv or mSv to be estimated. While it is unlikely that implanted sources of medical radiation would cause any harm to the prosector or pathology assistants, detection and measurement of ionising radiation are highly complex exercises that require specialist training and equipment. Decisions made on miscalculations can have potentially serious consequences.
Synonym Autopsy radioactivity
Reference Histopathology 2007; 51:289-304