Post Mortem Radiology for Natural and Forensic Death Investigation Short Course
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Post Mortem Radiology for Natural and Forensic Death Investigation Short Course

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Autopsy practice is changing around the world with the use of post mortem computed tomography as an adjunct or replacement to the traditional invasive autopsy in both natural and suspicious death investigation.

These courses are aimed at practising medical and allied health professionals including (but not limited to) radiologists, pathologists (consultants and trainees) and radiographers. Odontologists and anthropologists may also benefit from some of these modules. If you wish to check whether a specific module is applicable to your professional background before applying, please contact

Anatomical pathology technologists (mortuary techs) must check the entry requirements below to ensure eligibility for the distance learning modules. If you do not meet the entry requirements you may wish to consider attending one of the week-long residential courses only as part of continuous professional development.

Each course is available in two forms. The same topics are covered, but in differing levels of details and with different commitments and outputs.

  • Residential course: Three or five days of intensive on-campus teaching. Each course is worth 15 or 30 CPD points. There is no additional learning beyond this week, no assessment and no university credits.
  • Distance learning module: This is one of the modules from our MSc in Post Mortem Radiology for Natural and Forensic Death Investigation. It includes the residential course plus several weeks of distance learning, plus a final assessment. Each module is worth either 15 or 30 credits towards a postgraduate degree or other academic qualification.

These short courses will enhance your knowledge, practical skills and diagnostic confidence in the field of post mortem imaging, drawing on the expertise of the University of Leicester's East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit and Imaging Unit, global pioneers in the field of post mortem computed tomography imaging.

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Entry Requirements For This Course

Please provide a reference from your manager, confirming that your experience and your professional development aims are both appropriate to the course(s) you are applying for.

You will also need at least a second class UK degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, or at least 60 credits (inclusive of research) at level 6.

If you are applying for a full distance learning module (rather than just a residential course) you will need a second reference, confirming your academic ability.

Important: In order to teach the wide range of PMCT pathology we need to cover in Modules 3, 4 and 5, all students on those modules will need to be conversant with CT image review. When applying you must confirm that you have some experience of reviewing CT imaging. Specifically you must be able to do basic image review, recognise basic CT anatomy and perform MPR, cMPR and 3D recons using OsiriX or similar DICOM (or PACS) workstation. Anyone who attends any of Modules 3, 4 or 5 without these skills is unlikely to benefit from the teaching.

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