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New Md. forensics center opens

A new forensics center for the Maryland medical examiner’s office has opened in Baltimore.

The $54 million facility fills a city block at West Baltimore and Poppleton streets. It was designed to improve working conditions for the pathologists and technicians who investigate the state’s 4,000 unexpected deaths each year and to speed the autopsy process.

The building has an enlarged space for up to 23 medical examiners to perform up to 6,000 autopsies a year. The first autopsies in the space are expected by mid-October.

The center is wired with fiber optics for digital record-keeping, photography and consultations. There is also a full-body CAT scan, larger and better-equipped labs and refrigeration for more than 120 bodies.

The six-story building opened this week.

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  | September 22, 2010; 8:34 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore, Maryland, Technology  
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