The autopsy itself, it is kind of layman's terms just for the general examination that occurs that I have for a case and it entails a lot of features depending on the circumstances, some things are not done or done, but in a complete sense of an autopsy, you do an external examination, which is looking at the external features of the body with the clothes on and then removed.
Once they are removed, you want to look at any type of identifying characteristic, any kind of scar, any type of wounds, any type of tattoos, anything that you can physically see on the body that may be an abnormality or be something different, that's the external portion of the examination.
That is then ultimately followed with an internal examination where you are actually assessing all of the organs, weighing the organs looking at the organs to see if you see any type of pathological or disease type changes, any type of injuries on the inside of the body.
In terms of different ancillary studies that would be things that are in addition to external, as well as the internal examination we do toxicology, that's taking fluids from the body just in a general sense, blood, urine, fluid from the
(listen) eyes where that fluid is tested to see if there is any type of drugs, any type of toxins within the body.
The body is x-rayed some time to look for any type of fracture, in homicide to see if there is any type of projectiles within the body or any type of knives or things of that nature.