Image: Enterotome, autopsy instrument

Enterotome, autopsy instrument

Enterotome - Autopsy instrument.

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These large scissors are used for opening the intestines. The bulb-ended blade is inserted into the lumen (the hollow inside) of the gut, and the instrument is smoothly stripped down the length of the intestine. The blunt bulb keeps the internal blade from perforating the gut from the inside.

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