If the family wishes an autopsy but the medical examiner determines there is no reason to suspect foul play, they will have to make arrangements themselves privately. If the patient died in a hospital, an autopsy can be arranged through the hospital and is usually done there. Alternatively, an autopsy may be arranged directly with a private autopsy service. Autopsies usually cost between $2,000 and $4,000. Preliminary results may be available within three days but final results may take longer.
Diener’s Autopsy Services, Inc. serves DC and parts of Maryland. 301-430-0100
Medilegal is a national organization which has contracts with pathologists in about 40 states who do the work. 800-343-2135