DIGITAL autopsies have been
used in several high-profile cases including the recent assassination of KimJong-nam. Malay Mail’sTONY MARIADASS speaks to iGene Sdn Bhd chief executive
officer/director Mathavan A. Chandran, the man behind the world’s first
forensic medicine technology, able to reconstruct a criminal act to help
investigators unearth the truth.
THANKSto a Johorean, the dead can now
Mathavan A. Chandran. The chief executive officer/director of iGene Sdn Bhd who
played an instrumental role in developing the world’s first forensic
medicine-specific software that allows investigators to reconstruct events that
could have led to a person’s death.
achieved another milestone when he set up the first Digital Autopsy Facility at
Hospital Kuala Lumpur in 2010.
this is only the beginning.
are working closely with the Health Ministry to set up digital autopsy
facilities in all major hospitals nationwide. Hopefully, this will materialise
soon,” said Mathavan, 49.
will not only change the face of forensic and medicolegal but also the medical
and life sciences sector.”
company recently partnered University of Bradford to launch the first digital
cadaver for medicine in the Northern Corridor Digital Health Economy Zone in
the United Kingdom.
who earned a degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Universiti Pertanian
Malaysia, said there are about 155,000 deaths recorded annually with 15,500
argue cutting open the dead is inhumane and does not comply with the
sensitivities of certain communities.
it will be a thing of the past.
digital autopsy is conducted by a forensic pathologist and/or forensic
radiologist on a virtual body. Findings from the autopsy will be stored in a
server system and can be retrieved later.
incorporated in 2005, focuses on the development of advance medical
technologies, emphasising high intensity computing and high definition
visualisation aided with custom design navigational and analytical tools, especially
for forensic application.
years of research and development, iGene designed the breakthrough software
which is aptly named Digital Autopsy.
facility at Hospital Kuala Lumpur comes complete with a state-of-the-art high
performance computing environment and visualisation software system.
incorporation of iGene London Ltd in 2013 catalysed the transformation of the
UK Coronial Service, with recognition from the country’s Ministry of Justice,
Office of Chief Coroner (England and Wales), police, Royal College of
Pathology, the forensic pathologist fraternity and universities.
was commissioned to set up three Digital Autopsy facilities in the UK with
another eight more centres being planned.
said his company sets up the facilities and trains the forensic pathologists
and doctors who use the system.
are only called in if there is a need to troubleshoot any problems, which
rarely occur,” he said.
are usually carried out for unnatural deaths.
autopsies can be done in 30 minutes while the traditional autopsy takes about
said they also have set up systems for police investigations where crime scene
documentation, investigation and reconstruction are done digitally with 3D
visual compared to paper reports and photographs.
high profile cases which saw digital autopsy utilised were the cases involving
DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock and Royal Malaysia Customs officer Ahmad
and Ahmad Sarbani died of unnatural causes. Teoh fell to his death at the
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Shah Alam on July 16, 2009, and
Ahmad Sarbani was found dead on the badminton court on the first floor of the
MACC building in Jalan Cochrane, Kuala Lumpur, on April 6, 2011.