Virtopsy Courses

Virtopsy is actively involved in teaching and training. You will be learning directly from the pioneers.

Virtopsy Courses provide theoretical and practical knowledge of and at least some initial practical skills in 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.

There is a Basic Course (2 days) and, immediately following, the Advanced Course (3 days) and a Practical Course (3,5 days). 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. 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. One ECTS point is awarded. We regularly apply for CME credits as well.

Since 2017, there are new course modules 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 tests; 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.
  • CAS Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy Casebook (50 cases): 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Overview

Module Virtopsy Basic Course (I) Virtopsy Advanced Course (II) Virtopsy Practical Course (III) CAS casebook (50 cases) (IV)
ECTS 1 1 4 4
Participants max. 24 max. 24 max. 12 no restriction
Requirements attendance of this module attendance of prior and this module attendance of prior modules, attendance of this module, pass assignments attendance and passing of prior modules, writing/assembling casebook, pass requirements
Certificate

 

Certificate of Attendance

 

Certificate of Attendance

 

Certificate of Attendance

 

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Forensic Imaging & Virtopsy by the University of Zurich, Switzerland

Cost 1000 CHF 1500 CHF 2500 CHF 3000 CHF
Program and registration details further down on this page details further down on this page follow the instructions there follow the instructions there

Target audience

Virtopsy Courses  and the CAS are aimed at all persons who are professionally interested or actively involved in forensic radiology and imaging also containing interest in forensic anthropology, including forensic pathologists/medical examiners, radiologists, coroners, radiographers/radiology technicians, surveying specialists and anthropologist.

Upcoming courses, program and registration

 

15th: March 19-23, 2018

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.

 16th Virtopsy Course

 16th: March 25th to 29th

For more information contact contact virtopsy@irm.uzh.ch

Please note:

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

Past courses