An autopsy is a dignified surgical procedure that provides a systematic examination of the body of a deceased person by a qualified physician. All Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s District physicians are certified in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology. During the assessment, a body is inspected for the presence of disease or injury. Minimal specimens of the vital organs and/or body fluids may be taken for toxicological and other analysis. The internal organs and the brain are examined and then replaced in the body for burial or cremation.
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