In this prospective cohort of deceased ICU patients who underwent both autopsy and “virtual autopsy” (e.g. CT scanning), the latter picked up almost as many major and minor diagnosis as autopsy. Autopsy picked up more cancers and cardiac diseases, and CT scanning picked up more pneumothorax and fractures. This modality for determining cause of death may become more common in the future (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.