In this article, we list possible options of autopsy performance using various additional research methods, including postmortem cross-sectional imaging (PCSI), in Great Britain. Statistics show that there is no such thing as the officially approved PCSI specialists training program, and that it is available only as the joint initiative of several medical centers of the UK. The necessity of developing national standards and training programs in every professional field, creating the corresponding audit systems (checking and inspection), and outer PCSI quality control is also stated. The National Health Service institutions of the United Kingdom, with remuneration of the II category specialists’ work (forensic medical expertise analogue), mainly do implementation and keeping of tomographic data. To avoid stagnation and development deceleration of the said work, it is of the uttermost importance to have a strong academic research strategy, strengthened by the stable funding on the national level in the basis of the new scientific direction. The importance of the full-fledged PCSI funding and standards development, proving the possibility of PCSI use as the classic autopsy alternative.
Key words: postmortem cross-sectional imaging, autopsy, national standards, educational programs, scientific activity financing.
For citation: Fetisov V.A. Issues of financing and specialist training in postmortem cross-sectional imaging in Great Britain. Consilium Medicum. 2016; 18 (13): 48–51. DOI: 10.26442/2075-1753_2016.13.48-51
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Federal Center of Forensic Medical Expertise of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. 125284, Russian Federation, Moscow, ul. Polikarpova, d. 12/13
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