A surgical procedure performed by a medical doctor that examines a corpse to determine the cause of death.

Autopsies can be performed for either medical or legal reasons to determine if a death was natural or unnatural.

When a death is unexpected, a Forensic Autopsy may be required by state law; if it was expected, a Clinical Autopsy may be requested to investigate possible inherited diseases, or better understand treatments used to fight a disease.

When complete, the body will be available for transport to a funeral home or for other end-of-life arrangements.