PhD defence I.M. (Ivo) Wagensveld
- Prof.dr. M.G.M. Hunink
- Dr. A.C. Weustink
- Prof.dr. J.W. Oosterhuis
On Wednesday 4 March 2020, I.M. Wagensveld will defend his PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Hospital Implementation and Acceptance of Minimally Invasive Autopsy’.
Autopsies serve to establish cause of death and allow searching for diagnoses that were missed during life. The autopsy is a quality assurance tool in healthcare. In addition, it is used in the education of doctors, and for scientific purposes. Despite its many benefits, autopsy rates worldwide have steadily declined, notable since the middle of the 20th century. Nowadays in the Netherlands a clinical autopsy is performed in only 5-10% of all patients who die in hospital. One of the reasons for the decline is the reluctance among next-of-kin and doctors to consent to an autopsy because of the invasiveness of the procedure. To boost the rate of post-mortem investigation, we introduced a minimally invasive autopsy (MIA) procedure at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It consists of an MRI- and a CT-scan, combined with CT-guided biopsies. The two main goals of the investigations described in this thesis were the validation of the MIA and the study of its implementation and acceptance in our hospital.
The public defence will take place at the Prof. Andries Queridoroom, 3rd floor Education Center, Erasmus MC. The ceremony will begin exactly at 11.30 hrs. In light of the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.