Virtopsy Courses

Virtopsy is actively involved also in teaching and training. You will be learning directly from the pioneers – those that started with wide-scale forensic post mortem scanning in 1999.

Virtopsy Courses provide theoretical and practical knowledge of forensic imaging, notably post-mortem CT and MR, forensic anthropoloy, post-mortem angiography, surface scanning and 3D-photogrammetry, robot-guided biopsy, and clinical forensic imaging.

Structure of the course

There is a Basic Course (2 days) and, immediately following, the Advanced Course (3 days) and a Practical Course (3,5 days, optionally up to 5 days).

  • Entry-level practical skills are taught to read post-mortem CT cases in both Basic and Advanced courses (modules 1 and 2). With that, modules 1 and 2 may be interesting for a wider audience, for students and people interesting to learn about the potential of the Virtopsy methods.
  • The Virtopsy Practical Course (module 3) is geared towards actual users of post-mortem CT scanning and teaches practical forensic CT reading and documentation, we also teach CT angiography using very affordable materials, and practical 3D surface photogrammetry using consumer cameras. The target audience for module 3 therefore will most likely be people that are responsible for actually reading cases  and generating forensic imaging reports.

Starting from 2018, with the introduction of a CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) in Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy, we will offer the following four modules that build up towards the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy:

  • Virtopsy Basic Course (CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy module I – theory). The course attendants will receive a Certificate of  Attendance once they provided full attendance of the lectures of this course. Maximally allowed participants are 24. A written assessment has to be passed. One ECTS point is awarded. We regularly apply for CME credits as well.
  • Virtopsy Advanced Course (CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy module II – theory) (module I is a requirement, this is only for those that did the Virtopsy Basic Course in the past). The course attendants will receive a Certificate of  Attendance once they show previous attendance of module I, and once they provided full attendance of the lectures of this course. Maximally allowed participants are 24. A written assessment has to be passed. One ECTS point is awarded. We regularly apply for CME credits as well.

Since 2017, there is a new course module that complete the steps towards the CAS certificate: (details see here). They constitute the modules required to attain a CAS in Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy.

  • Virtopsy Practical Course (CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy module III) (module I and II are a requirement, this is only for those that did the Virtopsy Basic and Advanced Courses in the past); in addition to attendance of the course, assignments and tests need to be passed. The course attendants will receive a Certificate of  Attendance once they provided full attendance of the lectures of this course and passed attendance and assessments; prior attendance of the previous modules is a must. Maximally allowed participants are 12. Four ECTS point is awarded. We will apply this course for CME credits as well. The course is on-site here at the Zurich Institute of Forensic Medicine.
    CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy Casebook (50 cases; included in module III): each participant has to prepare and submit a book containing 50 case descriptions. These then are asssessed by the Virtopsy team.
    The casebook is usually the last step in completing the studies necessary to obtain a CAS in Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy. This does not have to be completed on-site –  usually, participants make their casebooks at home or where they usually work.

Target audience

The CAS Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy is aimed at all persons who are professionally interested or actively involved in forensic radiology and imaging,  including forensic pathologists/medical examiners, radiologists, coroners, radiographers/radiology technicians, surveying specialists and forensic anthropologists

Please note:

  • The Virtopsy Courses (modules I and II) also contains a special focus on Forensic Anthropology, as this field has taken up forensic post mortem imaging across commingled remains, mummy research and mass disaster events. Particularly for forensic radiologists, this new area of examination and research is very relevant from our medicolegal viewpoint. We also include other new or relevant subject matter to present to the course participants as technology and research are evolving.
  • The course also introduces new technologies such as 3D-printing, 3D-visualization and Deep Learning. We have research in these areas and feel it relevant to show how these link into post-mortem CT-imaging.
  • The 3D surface documentation session is an addition that is regarded as particularly relevant because of a recent rise in surface documentation also in forensic science where crime scenes and scenes of traffic accidents are increasingly documented in full 3D. An introductory lecture is provided in module I, and a full day of practical instruction is performed as part of module 3.
  • Post mortem CT angiography is now taught and practically expanded on the Virtopsy Practical course. Participants will also receive a full PMCTA kit (pump, power supply, materials, tubings, etc.) complimentary with the practical course.

Possiblities of visual case documentation

Overview

Modules Virtopsy Basic Course (I) Virtopsy Advanced Course (II) Virtopsy Practical Course and Casebook (III)
ECTS 1 1 8
Participants max. 24 max. 24 max. 12
Requirements attendance of this module,
pass assessment
attendance and passing of prior module,
attendance of this module,
pass assessment
attendance and passing of prior modules, writing/assembling casebook, pass assignments, pass requirements, complete a casebook of 50 cases
Certificate

 

Certificate of Attendance

 

Certificate of Attendance

 

Certificate of Attendance (practical course complete)

 

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy by the University of Zurich, Switzerland (once all modules including casebook are complete)

Cost 1000 CHF 1500 CHF 5500 CHF
Program and registration details further down on this page details further down on this page follow the instructions there

Upcoming courses, program and registration

 16th Virtopsy Course / 3rd CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy: March 18th to 28th, 2019

Virtopsy Basic + Advanced Course (CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy modules I and II) in Zurich, Switzerland, including a special focus on Forensic Anthropology and 3D surface documentation. As every year, we will apply for CME accrediation.

  • For information and flyer please click here.
  • Virtopsy Basic Course (module I): March 18-19, 2019.
  • Virtopsy Advanced Course (module II): March 20-22, 2019.
  • Virtopsy Practical Course (module III): March 23-28, 2019.
  • Deadlines for casebook submission I: 30th June 2018, II: 31st December 2018; III: 30th March 2019.
  • Daylight savings: changes Sunday, March 31, 2019. Easter Sunday 2019: April 21, 2019.
  • The 2018 program can be seen here: module I, module II (however it is subject to change for 2019). We will post updates of this preliminary program once available.
  • For more information contact contact virtopsy@irm.uzh.ch
 17th Virtopsy Course / 4th CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy: March 16th to 26th, 2020
Virtopsy Basic + Advanced Course (CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy modules I and II) in Zurich, Switzerland, including a special focus on Forensic Anthropology and 3D surface documentation. As every year, we will apply for CME accrediation.

  • For information and flyer please click here.
  • Virtopsy Basic Course (module I): March 16-17, 2020.
  • Virtopsy Advanced Course (module II): March 18-20, 2020.
  • Virtopsy Practical Course (module III): March 21-26, 2020.
 18th Virtopsy Course / 5th CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy: March 15th to 25th, 2021
Virtopsy Basic + Advanced Course (CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy modules I and II) in Zurich, Switzerland, including a special focus on Forensic Anthropology and 3D surface documentation. As every year, we will apply for CME accrediation.

  • For information and flyer please click here.
  • Virtopsy Basic Course (module I): March 15-16, 2021.
  • Virtopsy Advanced Course (module II): March 17-19, 2021.
  • Virtopsy Practical Course (module III): March 20-25, 2021.

 

Regarding registration, please note:

  • To maintain quality standards, we will not accept more than 24 registrants for each the basic and advanced modules of the course.
  • Please note that your registration can be confirmed only upon receipt of payment.

Past courses