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Forensic Probe Made Easy: Dubai Police Launch Virtual Autopsy

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on March 11, 2024, 15:10:00


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Dubai Police have entered a groundbreaking era in forensic investigation with the introduction of virtual autopsy technology, known as ‘virtopsy’.

This innovative approach utilises advanced scanning and imaging technology facilitated by artificial intelligence (AI), marking a significant leap forward in crime-solving capabilities.

The implementation of virtual autopsies was announced by Maj. Gen. Ahmed Thani bin Ghalita Al Muhairi, Director of the General Department of Criminal Evidence and Criminology.

The virtopsy procedure, similar to a CT scan, meticulously examines the deceased, identifying suspicious areas or organs without the need for extensive physical intervention.

Virtual autopsies employ modern radiographical aids such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to provide highly sensitive and accurate results. This technological advancement drastically reduces autopsy duration from hours to mere minutes, thanks to AI algorithms, thereby expediting the resolution of criminal cases.

One of the key advantages of virtual autopsies is the preservation of the dignity of the deceased. By minimising the need for invasive procedures, this approach respects cultural values and societal norms. Moreover, it considers psychological aspects, ensuring that autopsies are conducted only when urgently required.

Dubai Police have seamlessly integrated forensic medicine and crime scene investigation into a singular department, fostering collaboration and synergy. This integration has significantly contributed to a shortened crime-solving timeline, now standing at just 10 days, a remarkable feat compared to global standards.

Dubai Police's commitment to enhancing capabilities is highlighted by a state-of-the-art facility representing an investment of Dh550 million. This facility, equipped with cutting-edge technology, promotes environmental sustainability while bolstering forensic capabilities.

Under the leadership of Maj. Gen. bin Ghalita, Dubai Police have prioritised professional development and diversity within the force.

The General Department of Criminal Evidence and Criminology has experienced exponential growth, expanding from six individuals in 1986 to over 600 highly skilled professionals today. Emphasis is placed on empowering women and attracting talent with advanced degrees, ensuring a diverse and proficient workforce.

The introduction of virtual autopsy technology by Dubai Police signifies a paradigm shift in forensic investigation. By leveraging AI and advanced imaging techniques, the department has streamlined processes, enhanced accuracy and addressed cultural sensitivities.

This progressive approach underscores Dubai's commitment to innovation and excellence in law enforcement, setting a benchmark for forensic practices globally.

Incorporating virtopsy into forensic procedures represents a monumental stride towards efficient crime-solving and upholding the dignity of the deceased.

With continued investment in technology and human capital, Dubai Police are poised to maintain their position at the forefront of forensic science, ensuring justice and security for all.

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