DATE: September 6, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Dr. Craig Mallak, Chief Medical Examiner
Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services
Members of the media may view and photograph the Lodox full body scanner at the Broward County Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, 5301 S.W. 31st Ave., Fort Lauderdale on Friday, September 6, until 5 p.m.
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services has taken delivery of a new high-speed, full-body, digital X-ray imaging device, which will increase the speed, efficiency and accuracy of autopsies, and help forensic investigators provide more precise information about cause and manner of death.
While Lodox scanners are more common in clinical settings, such as hospitals and trauma units, the District 17 Medical Examiner’s Office is the first in Florida and one of only 12 forensic offices in the nation to acquire this state-of-the-art imaging technology, which can record three different views of a person’s body in about 15 seconds. The new equipment uses less radiation than a regular X-ray, and replaces an older model mobile field unit that required investigators to piece parts of scans together for a full body picture.
“This scanner will assist us tremendously in all our forensic investigations, particularly criminal investigations,” said Dr. Craig Mallak, Broward County's Chief Medical Examiner. “I am pleased that Broward County is among the first medical examiners in the nation to embrace this technology. The scanner is a prime example of how medical examiners can use technology to better serve the community.”
The $350,000 scanner also helps Broward County in their quest for accreditation with the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). NAME accreditation brings credibility to a well-run organization and demonstrates evidence of industry best practices.
The Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services investigates all violent deaths (i.e. homicides, suicides and accidents), as well as all deaths which are unexpected, suspicious, work-related, unattended and while in police custody. The agency, a service of the Broward County Commission, performs more than 1,700 postmortem examinations annually.
About the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office
The Broward County Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services brings expert and independent medical evaluation to the investigation of deaths that are of concern to public health, safety, and welfare of the community. The Office investigates cases of persons who die within its District 17 jurisdictional boundaries from criminal violence, by accident, by suicide, suddenly when in apparent good health, when not recently treated by a physician, while incarcerated or in any suspicious or unusual manner. The Office also approves the cremations of persons who die within Broward County or are transported to Broward County for the purpose of cremation after death in another state or country.