Autopsy

What will happen if an autopsy is performed?

Your loved one will be transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner for autopsy at our facility, which is located in Ankeny, Iowa. Usually, an investigator will be in contact with...

How long does an autopsy take?

Once the deceased is received by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, an autopsy is performed as soon as possible. Usually the deceased can be released within a few days. The autopsy and...

May a family refuse a forensic autopsy?

No. Forensic autopsies are necessary to answer medicolegal questions that are deemed in the public’s interest or to address a question of law.

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Who pays for the forensic autopsy?

The family is not charged for a forensic autopsy when one is requested as outlined in the FAQ. However, when an individual’s death does not fall under the County Medical Examiner’s jurisdiction,...

Who can request that a forensic autopsy be performed?

County medical examiners, county attorneys, and the state medical examiner have the statutory authority and obligation to request that a forensic autopsy be performed in cases where death is...

What is an autopsy?

An autopsy is a systematic examination of the organs of a body to determine the cause and manner of death and to assess any pathologic changes that may be present. A complete forensic autopsy...

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Printed from the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner website on November 28, 2022 at 6:52pm.