1. How are the videos organized?
Each autopsy is divided into 3-5 minute video parts. These can be watched in order to view the entire case. Or, accessed via the search function or Body Map for specific content of interest, case comparisons, or focused anatomic/pathologic studies. Autopsy.Online’s unique, searchable video-formatting is Patent Pending as of May 20, 2018.
2. What is Educator Video?
Educator video pauses to highlight anatomy using numbers and pointers. Each number identifies an anatomic structure listed to the right of the video. Educator video functions like “digital anatomy pins” found in a cadaver lab.
3. How does the search function work?
-Search by Case, Body System or Search Term.
The first (top) search box lists institutional content for site contributors. This function is in development.
The second search box (“Cases”) lists cases (Case 1, Case 2, etc.).
The third search box (“Body System”) lists body system (Cardiovascular, Endocrine, etc.).
The fourth (bottom) search box allows use of specific search terms (“Superior vena cava,” “hyoid bone,” etc.).
-Search for anatomy within a case or compare anatomy across cases.
You may search for a finding within a case. Or, you may compare one findings across cases. For example, when you search by case and select Case 1 and then add the search term “right coronary a.,” you will select videos from Case 1 that show the right coronary a.. If you do not select by case and simply enter search term “right coronary a.,” you will select videos from all cases that show the right coronary a..
-Search for isolated anatomic structures or anatomic relationships.
More than one search term can be entered in the search term box to refine or expand your video access. For example, entering “superior vena cava, inferior vena cava, atrium” will show video including all these structures.
4. What if a search term doesn’t pull up any videos?
If this happens, the following are possibilities:
-The term may be listed under different language or spelling. Please try your term in singular or plural (“lung” or “lungs”). Or try an alternate term (“cardiac” or “heart”).
-Our cases may not yet contain the anatomy or pathology you are looking for. The library archiving function is growing and we appreciate your input and questions. Please feel free to check with us to see if we can help find what your are looking for.
5. Is there a way to know what’s inside any video before playing it?
Yes. Each video has a “What’s inside” list of search terms. Feel free to peruse the list before clicking on the video in addition to using the search function. This can help you know if the video is partly or mostly about the topic you’re interested in.
6. How do I view a video?
There are two ways to view video.
1. What is Live Stream?
Live Stream is Autopsy.Online’s portal for autopsies recorded live and broadcast in real time. We livestream autopsies only when we receive authorization from the legal next of kin to do so. We are usually able to take viewer Q & A when we live stream, but not always.
2. How will I know when there is a live event?
You will receive an email notice as soon as we know we are live streaming. This may be a day before the event or minutes before the event. It depends on when we receive written authorization from the legal next of kin.
3. How do I watch a live event?
-Go to the Live Stream page to access a event.
4. How often are live events?
We don’t know. A lot of things need to coordinate for a live event to happen: A person has to die, the family has to request an autopsy, we have to agree to do the autopsy, the family has to consent to live streaming and the case location has to have working internet access.
5. Is there a guarantee every case will be live streamed?
No. We live stream when we can and only if the family consents.
6. I viewed an event that ended very quickly. Why did this happen?
We may end the case early or even after a few minutes for many reasons. For example: we may need to focus on the case for technical reasons; we may need to protect the confidentiality of the patient; or WiFi at the particular location does not allow for adequate streaming. While we make every effort to complete the case, we use our judgement and keep the family and case first.
7. I viewed an event with variable streaming quality. Why did this happen?
We do not guarantee that any event will be streamable. We perform many of our cases in community locations outside our Center and are dependent on that location’s internet access.
8. I viewed an event that “went dark” for long stretches. Why did this happen?
We go dark (turn off visual and, often, audio), when we need to protect the patient confidentiality. We cannot stream the visual at that time. Examples would be during case photography (when we use a patient name and case number label) or when we need to expose tattoos. The patient and family are always the priority and the live streaming comes second. Thank you for understanding.
1. My subscription lapsed. How do I resubscribe?
Please contact us.
2. How do I make sure my subscription ends and I will not be billed again? I do NOT want to automatically renew (auto renew).
-Select My Subscription from the right column
-Look for the line that says “Auto Renew.”
-Move the blue switch to the left to turn off Auto Renew.
-If there is no line that says “Auto Renew,” you are on a one-time subscription that will end automatically.
3. I need to invoice my school’s billing department once at the beginning of the year. May I?
Yes. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.
4. I have a GoLive subscription. Why can’t I access the library?
The GoLive subscription provides access only to live streams and live events.
5. What’s the difference between an order, subscription and membership?
-The order is your record of payment.
-Your subscription is the plan you paid for.
-Your membership is the content on the the site your subscription plan grants you.
It’s confusing. All student subscribers (no longer offered directly to students) and all educator subscribers get full access to the site. If you cancel your subscription early, your membership will continue for the full length you paid for and you will still have access for the the full length you paid for.
6. Are subscriptions refundable?
7. Does Autopsy.Online have access to my credit card data?
No. The site uses the secure, third-party payment platforms, PayPal and Stripe. We never see your credit card information, do not access your credit card information and cannot access your credit card information.
1. What is live streaming?
Live streaming is video broadcasting of the autopsy in real-time while we do the case. During live streaming, we interact with the viewers by taking on-line questions and answering them live during the case.
2. Which cases do you live stream? Or do you live stream all of them?
We only live stream cases when the legal next of kin authorizes live streaming. We do not make that choice. The patient’s and family’s privacy and confidentiality are our priority. The case will not be live streamed without consent. We typically ask the family during the consent process if they wish to live stream. For some cases, we will not make the request (for example, cases under criminal investigation or children).
3. Can families opt out of live streaming?
4. How do you protect confidentiality during the live stream?
We prepare the body before the live stream by covering the face, written identifiers (name tags and case numbers) and other visual identifiers (tatoos). During the case we do not disclose case identifiers (patient name, age, unique case details). The case facility and location are not disclosed.
5. Who chooses to live stream?
Families who want to participate in health education or believe their loved one valued health education have chosen to live stream the cases. Other families who have not been able to participate in organ donation have sought live streaming as an alternative to “make a difference” for the future. Every family is different and chooses for reasons unique to them.
6. Who watches the live stream?
Live stream is open to all subscribers.
7. Is there a cost to the family to live streaming?
No. There is no additional cost to the family to live stream?
8. Can I donate my body just to have it live streamed for an autopsy?
Yes, in some cases. Please contact us to see if it is possible to make this arrangement. You will need to complete a consent. And we will need to make sure the logistics are feasible for any individual case. There is no cost to you to donate for live streaming. We can also live stream when the family requests an autopsy for another reason and then, in addition, consents to live stream.
9. What’s the difference between live streaming and Live from the Morgue?
Live streaming is live video broadcast of an autopsy to the general public. It includes interactive Q & A. Live from the Morgue is Autopsy Center of Chicago’s structured high school event using archived autopsy footage. It includes a workbook, social worker involvement and live Q & A with students during the event.
1. How many devices can I log into with my subscription?
You may log in to one device only. The site allows only one device access per user. Please contact us if you wish to set up multiple-device or institutional access.
2. How many browsers can I log into on one device?
You may only log in to one browser. The site allows only one browser access per user.
3. Can I download video?
4. Why are some parts of the videos blurry?
The videos are blurred to prevent exposure of patient identifiers that may appear during a case (labels, name tags, tattoos, etc.).
1. What is Interactive Video
Interactive video is a duplicate copy of a video that you can edit. You may mark the video and add a note to the marker. Your note appears in a column on the right. Clicking on the note jumps to the marker in the video. Please see our Tutorials.
1. Which cases do you video-record? Or do you video-record all of them?
Like live streaming, we only video-record cases when the legal next of kin authorizes video-recording. We do not make that choice. The patient’s and family’s privacy and confidentiality are our priority. The case will not be video-recorded without consent. We typically ask the family during the consent process if they wish to video-record for education. For some cases, we will not make the request (for example, cases under criminal investigation or children).
2. Can families opt out of video-recording?
3. How do you protect confidentiality during video-recording?
If we are video-recording and live streaming at the same time, we prepare the body before video-recording by covering the face, written identifiers (name tags and case numbers) and other visual identifiers (tatoos). During the case we do not disclose case identifiers (patient name, age, unique case details). The case facility and location are not disclosed. If we are video recording but not live streaming, we edit the video after the case and before publication to remove any case identifiers.
4. Who chooses to video-record?
As with live streaming, families who want to participate in health education or believe their loved one valued health education have chosen to video-record the case for education. Other families who have not been able to participate in organ donation have sought video recording for educational purposes as an alternative to “make a difference” for the future. Every family is different and chooses for reasons unique to them.
5. Who watches the video recording?
Our video recordings are open to all subscribers. At times, we share clips with the general public.
6. Is there a cost to the family to video record?
No. There is no additional cost to the family to video record for education.
7. Can I donate my body just to have it video recorded for education?
Yes, in some cases. Please contact us to see if it is possible to make this arrangement. You will need to complete a consent. And we will need to make sure the logistics are feasible for any individual case. There is no cost to you to donate for video recording. We can also video record when the family requests an autopsy for another reason and then consents to video record for education.
1. Can I contribute content to the site from my medical practice or institution?
We are planning to open up the site for content contribution.
2. What kind of content may I contribute to the site?
You may contribute video footage.
3. What will the content submission process look like?
We will provide guidelines for the submission process. Submitted content will undergo a review process before being accepted for publication on the site. This will ensure that we maintain the quality, integrity and unique, searchable formatting of the site; and to safeguard patient confidentiality.
4. How may I contribute content?
Please contact us for more information.