Autopsy

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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Autopsies are performed free of charge
  • Our pathologists can meet with family members before and after the procedure to address concerns
  • An autopsy can include a CT scan to provide detailed information

The autopsy is a crucial medical procedure that can help determine the cause of death. Autopsies can help provide closure for loved ones coping with a loss. They also serve a scientific purpose by expanding the knowledge base of medicine. Yale Medicine’s Department of Pathology performs about 250 autopsies each year, which accounts for about 10 percent of the deaths that occur at Yale New Haven Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital. 

To learn more about autopsies, please visit the School of Medicine's pathology "Frequently Asked Questions" page. 

“The autopsy is one of the mainstays of anatomical pathology,” says Jose Costa, MD, professor of pathology and medicine at Yale School of Medicine. “Autopsies increase our knowledge of diseases and, in that way, are helpful to all of us. The autopsy is really the best way we have to evaluate the efficacy of therapies and diagnostic technologies and the overall performance of our medical system.”