6th Sep - 7th Sep
A Mass Disaster is defined by the fact that local resources can’t cope with the number of injured and deceased people. Therefore, having a team of Forensic Radiographers (FRRT) trained to be deployed to assist with imaging of the deceased would prevent local Radiographers from being pressurised into providing a forensic imaging service. Forensic imaging is not a core competency of a graduate Radiographer. This is an opportunity to provide education and training for Radiographers interested in this area or who are currently involved in providing a forensic imaging service.
This training event will provide an opportunity for all radiographers to apply the principles of forensic practice and imaging learned in theory (Day 1) to a mock deployment DVI scenario (Day 2) using imaging equipment and the appropriate IAFR and Interpol paperwork.
Forensic Radiography involves the application of imaging techniques to answer a question of law. It involves dental radiography, radiography or CT most commonly. Following the London Bombings in July 2007, the UK Forensic Radiography Response Team (UKFRRT) were deployed to assist in the National Emergency Mortuary. There were 3 radiography stations: fluoroscopy as part of the triage where body bags were scanned for undetonated explosives, sharp objects or personal belongings (e.g. keys, wallets, mobile phones). Dental radiography was undertaken which assisted in the identification process. General radiographic surveys were performed to assist with documentation of evidence.
Post-mortem CT scanning is becoming more common in DVI investigations. Victims of the Black Saturday Bush Fires underwent a CT scan and 2 children were identified based on this imaging. In the more recent DVI incident of MH17 , all victims underwent a CT scan so it is important that radiographers have an opportunity to learn about the forensic aspects of becoming involved in forensic imaging. CT was also used in the 2017 terrorist incidents in the UK and most recently, the 2019 attacks in New Zealand.
At the end of the DVI training, the forensic radiographer will: