International Association of Forensic Radiographers

IAFR webinar #6
  • - Starts on: 28 Nov 2018
  • 28 Nov 2018
  • 28 Nov 2018

Technical Aspects of imaging in Medico-Legal Death Investigation / Setting up an imaging service with the police

Jeroen Kroll, Forensic Radiology Consultant, Unit Forensic Radiology at Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands; Chair, IAFR; Founding member of ISFRI.

In the Netherlands, forensic radiology is used as an independent medical forensic examination during the early stages of a forensic investigation. This independent position of forensic radiology requires a different approach than the use of radiology to support a forensic autopsy. The leader of the investigation, the public prosecutor, orders a forensic radiological examination. By providing the radiological information to the entire forensic team in an early stage, forensic follow-up investigations can be initiated. Due to this method, there is a lot of communication between the radiology department and a diversity of parties within the forensic field, each with their own frameworks and jargon. For this reason, a new specialty has been created within a forensic radiological team; the forensic radiological consultant. 

The forensic radiology consultant is the coordinator of forensic radiological investigations and conducts multidisciplinary consultations with all parties involved, such as public prosecutors / police / forensic physician / pathologists. Based on the preliminary information, a forensic radiological consultant formulates a legal and forensic questions and these questions determine the imaging protocols. This allows for an optimized forensic radiology investigation by using the full range of radiological techniques. To avoid a bias during assessment of the images by the radiologist, the forensic radiology consultant is responsible for the context information management.

This presentation will highlight all aspects of this method, and the advantages for a forensic examination.

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