The autopsy in virtual reality is a major step forward as India is leading the world in this case. While little knowledge on this innovation is currently available, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has promised that the technique along with the required machinery and programs, will be established and used within a span of six months.
Crucially, Vardhan also believed that the procedure was more time-efficient and cost-effective than the conventional study in the postmortem. Using this method, he says, an autopsy can be done in just thirty minutes, opposed to using conventional procedures for an estimate of two and a half hours. With this being the case, it is probably possible to minimize costs simply by using the technique to save time.
For some, religious or cultural convictions, understanding that the body needs to be dissected to determine a cause of death, leaves the family in pain. In this respect, the autopsy method in virtual reality is not only easier but is also responsive to the family’s cultural considerations.
Nonetheless, there might be a drawback to this aspect. When households are used to the idea that dissection is no longer the only way of deciding the cause of death, certain forms of post-death care, such as organ donation, may also be discouraged. An approximate one million people in India undergo organ failure at the end of the stage, but only 3,500 to 5,000 organ transplants are conducted annually. It highlights the need for expanded donation of organs. If the autopsy of virtual reality further dissuades donation, due to the extended waiting lists, more lives may be lost.