What types of exams are performed?

Each case is investigated on a case by case basis. If an examination is needed, it will be completed by a medical doctor who specializes in Forensic Pathology. The OME performs three types of examinations: autopsy, partial autopsy, and external examination. The Medical Examiner determines the exam type based on information gathered during the investigation. In order to meet our mission and statutory duties, an autopsy or partial autopsy may be required. Additionally, an autopsy may not always be completed if requested. 

Please make the investigator aware of any specific requests you have regarding the examination. The Medical Examiner will take family wishes into consideration; however, the Office of the Medical Examiner is not always able to accommodate these requests. 

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1. Print a PDF version of the Information for Next of Kin pamphlet:
2. Why is the Office of the Medical Examiner involved?
3. Why is the death being investigated?
4. How are bodies transported for examination, and where?
5. What types of exams are performed?
6. What if I do not want an autopsy of my family member?
7. Can I request an autopsy of my family member?
8. Is an open casket viewing possible after an autopsy has been completed?
9. How is the time of death determined?
10. What is toxicology testing?
11. How is identification confirmed?
12. Can I request a viewing of my family member?
13. What is the process for the release of my family member?
14. If I cannot select a funeral home or mortuary will the Office of the Medical Examiner provide one?
15. How do I receive my family member's personal effects?
16. How quickly will cause and manner of death be determined?
17. What is in the Medical Examiner Report and how do I obtain a copy?
18. How do I receive death benefits if the cause and manner of death is pending?
19. How do I obtain a copy of the Death Certificate?
20. I still have questions or need assistance regarding the death of a loved one. Who can help me?