How to Donate Your Body to Science

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For some people, making a contribution to society doesn't stop with their death. Many choose to donate their organs, and some opt to donate their body to science. For those who do the latter, it's often because the life of someone they...
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For some people, making a contribution to society doesn't stop with their death. Many choose to donate their organs, and some opt to donate their body to science. For those who do the latter, it's often because the life of someone they care about (or their own) was saved with medical technology or a certain procedure. Some may have a desire to "give back" so that more treatments can be developed and more lives can be saved.[1] Learn how to make this choice, discuss it with your family, and fill out the paperwork to give your body to science.

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Deciding to Donate Your Body to Science

  1. Step 1 Understand what happens when you donate your body to science.
    Before you die, you will have chosen a facility or program and filled out the necessary paperwork. After you die, someone will contact the facility or program which will usually collect your body. Once they have your body, several things could be done with it.
    • Donated bodies are used for testing new medical tools and equipment, testing car safety products, studying stages of advanced decay, studied for anatomy purposes, and testing new surgeries, among other things.
  2. Step 4 Research programs and facilities.
    Look at programs for willed body donation within your state. When you do this, you should keep in mind what's important to you. Here are a few of the things to consider when comparing available programs/facilities:
    • Costs: Some programs will pay for body transport to the collecting facility, while others will charge. Find out what your family will be responsible for paying.
    • Funeral or memorial options: Most programs will require almost immediate transportation of the body to the facility. You may want to find out when your cremated remains will be available to your family, if planning a service. They may be available several years after your death.
    • Assistance from the program: Some programs perform a memorial service after the body has been used and before it's cremated. The program will complete the death certificate and might give information for an obituary.
    • Type of program: Some programs and facilities only use donated bodies for anatomical study. Others might use them as forensic tools to solve crimes, such as studying advanced decay. Make sure you're comfortable with what the program will do with your body.
    • Medical school or body broker: You have the option of donating to a for-profit corporation that sells your body parts, called a "body broker," or you can donate to a university medical school. Since the advent of the broker corporations, schools are having a shortage of tissue they need for research.[2]
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Discussing Your Decision

  1. Step 1 Inform your doctor and family members.
    It's important that you tell your family about your decision before your death. If you do your research and make necessary preparations, your family won't be left trying to understand your wishes. If you don't inform your family, this surprise could delay them in getting your body to the right facility in time.
    • Check with the program you're using about transportation costs. Most programs will pay to transport your body to the facility, but if you die far enough away from the facility, your family may be responsible for paying to get you there.[3]
    Donate for a good cause. "I do not want my body to be given back to my family or anyone else. I am in great health and have made up my mind to donate my whole body to science after death, they can use it in any form for good cause." - Inderjit Singh D.
    I want to help people learn that alcohol sneaks up on you. "I have been considering donating my body to science for the last few years when I found I had cirrhosis of the liver. I got sick three years ago and went to ER! Yes, I suddenly stopped drinking, but it was too late at that point." - Cathy K.
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Filling Out the Paperwork to Donate Your Body to Science

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  • You cannot specify what kinds of studies your body will be used for. Anatomical study through dissection is not always the case. Researchers in criminal forensics, for example, may expose cadavers to various environments in order to observe how they decompose.[6] Make sure you research these possibilities and concerns before you make your decision.
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