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Autopsy Training AR

Many people are already familiar with augmented reality applications in the mainstream environment, where first down markers and a virtual strike zone are layered into NFL football or MLB baseball games. The recent introduction of ARKit and ARCore, Apple and Android's respective new AR development platforms, has opened up the opportunity to expand the range of possibilities to many more applications, especially those involving the medical and health care training industry. ARKit and ARCore will make it possible for anyone with a smartphone or tablet to access state-of-the-art augmented reality experiences. The key innovation of augmented reality is its ability to layer in real-time, dynamically responsive virtual graphics onto a user's camera view. is a leading developer of augmented reality applications, with a specific focus on AR apps for the medical community. The company is responding to the advent of ARKit and ARCore with a number of new concepts that focus on the design and development of medical augmented reality applications, and provide immediate practical value for the health care industry. Autopsy Training AR is an augmented reality medical concept believes will provide practical value for the autopsy training industry nationwide.


A forensic autopsy technician requires an associate degree in biology or related field, and certificate level training is also available. Opportunities for certified technicians are estimated to grow up to 29 per cent from 2016 to 2026. Autopsy Training AR will be designed to closely follow well established autopsy standards and will follow the curriculum of a certification program to provide instruction and training in an interactive, hands-on augmented reality context.


Autopsy Training AR has the potential to be used as a standardized tool for autopsy training, and to add a layer of critically valuable informational graphics when and where they are needed. By reinforcing detailed procedural information with the immersive and interactive properties of AR, the Autopsy Training AR app provides hands-on, real-world training.


An autopsy is a medical procedure performed on a body to determine the cause of death. There are two types of autopsies; forensic, applied in a legal and sometimes criminal or civil context, and clinical, for research, medical training, or at the deceased's family's request. Legally investigated deaths fall under five categories: natural, accident, homicide, suicide, and undetermined. Forensic pathologists are trained physicians, whereas coroners are elected officials. Non-medical coroners are generally furnished with a medical examiner.

After a thorough review of the decedent's medical information, the body is laid out on the examination table. An external exam relies on a camera, and many photos are taken of the body inside the body bag, prior to removing the clothes or making any incisions. Autopsy Training AR will provide the opportunity to label these images quickly and interactively. Ethnicity, age, and eye color is first noted to begin the identification process. Hair, fingernail, and other samples found on the body are taken. The body is then cleaned, weighed, and measured. A rubber body block is placed on the examination table prior to laying the body out for the autopsy. This makes the chest protrude forward in preparation for the incisions. The chest is cut first, with a large y-shape incision from the collar bone to the navel.

The skin, muscle and soft tissue is pulled back with a scalpel to expose the rib cage and neck muscles. The rib cage, larynx, esophagus, arteries and ligaments are removed in succession. A series of incisions allow for the organs to be removed as a single set. Each organ is examined and weighed, and tissue samples are collected and stored. In the event of an autopsy requiring the examination of the head, the rubber block is placed under the neck. A first incision is made from ear to ear across the face and around the back. An electric saw is employed to remove the top part of the skull and to expose the brain. The brain is severed from the spinal cord and lifted out. The brain is weighed and examined, with tissue samples taken and stored. The brain and the organs are then placed back into the body and the skin is sewn together.

There is a high level of training required for these steps, and Autopsy Training AR will be used as part of an accredited medical autopsy training program. Because of augmented reality's ability to layer in virtual graphics during a procedure, a trainee can have access to dynamic operational instructions that guide them with arrows, vectors, instruction labels on instruments, and guided instructions for each step in the autopsy process. Interactive note taking can be added to samples as they are made, with significant data highlighted for the final report.


Created by its parent company, DDA Medical, was conceived as a full-service interactive multimedia company with a specific focus on the design and development of augmented reality applications. DDA Medical has made significant contributions in nearly all forms of digital interactive multimedia design and development, with a long list of satisfied repeat clients in the medical and health care industry. DDA Medical garnered Tabby Awards in both 2012 and 2014 for two of its own original tablet applications. With a logical and iterative approach to software development,'s expert team of experienced professional designers, programmers, and multimedia specialists are able to handle all aspects of the project in house, without the use of third-party contractors. This way is able to maintain close communication with the client during every phase of the process, ensuring a fully integrated and tested end-user experience that performs flawlessly across every platform and every device. From continuing medical education (CME) and other eLearning platforms to videos, animations, mobile apps, and more, has the capability to integrate AR app development in coordination with numerous other interactive multimedia, allowing it to exceed client expectations and make your first augmented reality project a success. To learn more about augmented reality and the Autopsy Training AR app, contact today.

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