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Table 1 Overview of open autopsy and MITS procedure

From: Perceptions of health professionals regarding minimally invasive tissue sampling (MITS) to identify the cause of death in stillbirths and neonates: results from a qualitative study

Full autopsy
- Body inspection and recording of basic anthropometric data; body weight, height/length, mid-upper arm circumference, head circumference, lower leg length and foot length
- Extensive examination of internal organs begins with the creation of a Y or U- shaped incision from both shoulders joining over the sternum and continuing down to the pubic bone
MITS
- Body inspection and recording of basic anthropometric data; body weight, height/length, mid-upper arm circumference, head circumference, lower leg length and foot length
- Body palpation by a MITS specialist.
- Imaging/photography by a MITS technician
- Biopsy needles to obtain samples of lung, brain, liver and other organs for histopathologic and microbiologic examination to help determine COD