As of January 2018, the National Health Laboratory (LNS) and the Centre hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL) have worked together to further facilitate the work of coroners.
The cooperation between LNS specialists based in Dudelange and radiologists in the hospital offers an easier means of performing autopsies.
Ordinarily, corpses are transported from the LNS to the CHL one day before the autopsy is due to take place. Usually, there are perhaps two autopsies per month. Depending on the circumstances and whether a CT (computerised tomography) scan will help the coroners, they decide on whether to put the corpse through a CT scanner. This happens in around 30% of cases and often, coroners consult the investigating judge's guidance.
When a corpse is put through a CT scan, it remains packed up in the body bag. The CT scanner allows coroners to see the full skeleton. This, as one coroner explains, is very beneficial as it shows the coroners the full state of the skeleton before the actual autopsy takes place. Specifically, the scan shows where foreign bodies, such as bullets, might be located.
In some cases, the coroners also require further information about the person's death in order to focus on specific indications that they may not have picked up on if, for instance, they did know the death was a suicide.
All in all, the latest scanner generation has certainly facilitated the work of coroners. In 2018, radiologists did 27 CT scans on corpses ahead of autopsies.
More information in the video below (in Luxembourgish).