Cinema is littered with corpses. The pesky things pose endless
disposal problems, refuse to stay buried, and in worst-case scenarios,
re-animate and lust after brains. But sometimes a dead body takes
centre stage and becomes a character in its own right, a talisman that
changes the living, for better or worse. There’s something volatile
and magical about a corpse - inert but accusatory, charged with guilt,
loss and fascination with our own mortality. Here are five of the
Words cannot describe how pleased I am to see The Goonies in this list!
TV crime shows like Bones and CSI are quick to explain each death by showing highly detailed scans and video images of victims’ insides. Traditional autopsies, if shown at all, are at best in supporting roles to the high-tech equipment, and usually gloss over the sometimes physically grueling tasks of sawing through skin and bone.
But according to two autopsy and body imaging experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the notion that “virtopsy” could replace traditional autopsy— made popular by such TV dramas — is simply not ready for scientifically vigorous prime time. The latest virtual imaging technologies — including full-body computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, X-ray and angiography — are helpful, they say, but cannot yet replace a direct physical inspection of the body’s main organs.