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The International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR) is an association of professionals involved in, or with an interest in, the provision of medical imaging services in support of forensic investigations

About Us

The Trauma Imaging Group Forensic Radiography Committee (TIGFR) was founded in the United Kingdom in 1998.  In 2004 TIGFR combined with the UK Northern Region Radiography Response Team and the UK Military Radiographers Forensic Team to establish the Association of Forensic Radiographers (AFR). AFR was formally constituted in 2005. In recognition of an increasingly international membership, the Association formally changed its name to the International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR) in 2008.

Recognised Lead Body

The IAFR is the recognised by the ISRRT and SCoR to be the lead body in promoting forensic radiography.

Organising DVI Response

The IAFR helps coordinating DVI radiography response. Currently we have a designated DVI team in UK.

Education & Research

The IAFR promotes the best practices in forensic radiography by providing education and organising research.

IAFR Committee

The Association has a committee, elected from the membership, that works within its constitution.

Amy-Lee Brookes

Amy is the Post-Mortem CT Lead and advanced practitioner in forensic and post-mortem radiography at LTHTR. She has extensive post-mortem and forensic experience in adult PM cases in plain-film, CT and PM angiography and in live SPA cases and PM paediatric cases including SPA, SUDI and forensics. Additionally, she has deployment experience in DVI.

Amy-Lee Brookes
BSc, MSc, CertFHID
Chair
Fox Marttinen

Fox is the first Finnish Forensic Radiographer. He has main interest in post-mortem imaging and DVI. Fox is a Committee member in Society of Radiographers in Finland and Finnish Society of Radiography Research. He works also as a professional dancer and enjoys long distance hiking, playing tenor saxophone and reading good books.

Fox Marttinen
BSc, BA, MSc
Vice Chair & Communications Officer

Soile is a Finnish radiographer, currently working as a MRI technician. Soile did her practical training in forensic imaging at the University Center of Legal Medicine in Lausanne Switzerland as a part of their exchange program. Future plans for Soile include starting her studies on a masters degree in forensic radiography.

Soile Raasakka
BSc
Honorary Secretary
Claire is a Consultant Radiographer in forensic imaging in Leicester, UK where she runs the forensic imaging services. She has been involved in forensic imaging and research for over 20 years during which she has helped develop coronary PMCT angiography and the use of PMCT in DVI.
Claire Robinson
BSc, MSc, PhD
Honorary Treasurer &
DVI Co-ordinator
Edel Doyle

Edel has led the introduction of post-mortem imaging services in Ireland and Australia. She has completed multiple postgraduate courses in Forensics and is currently enrolled in a PhD investigating the use of low-dose CT in suspected physical abuse of children. She has organised workshops, study days and published guidelines on behalf of the IAFR.

Edel Doyle
BSc (Hons), MSc, MSc, MSc, Prof.Cert.
Membership Secretary &
International Liaison Officer &
Branch Co-ordinator
Charlotte Primeau

Charlotte is a trained biological anthropologist as well as a licenced diagnostic radiographer and work in both fields. Currently she works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the University of York and as a radiographer with the Hospital of York in England.

Charlotte Primeau
BSc, MSc, MSc, PGCert, PhD
Data Protection Officer
Mark Viner

Senior Tutor in Radiography at Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of London, and course leader for Forensic Radiography at Cranfield University Forensic Institute. He has led the development of forensic radiography in the UK and internationally. Founding chair of IAFR, founding vice-chair of ISFRI and founding editorial board member of Forensic Imaging.

Mark Viner
FCR, MSc, HDCR, DipHSM, DipFMS, DipFHID, MFSSoc, RFP, CertRP
Education Officer

With more than 40 years experience, Lindsay is a past Vice Chair and previous Welfare Officer of the IAFR. She was part of the IAFR’s DVI team for the Tsunami and the London Bombings providing radiographic imaging. Her continuing passion for Forensic Radiography led her, and two other IAFR members, to found the ANZ IAFR branch in 2016.

Lindsay Batty-Smith
PgDip, PgCert, DCR(R)
Welfare Officer
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The Constitution

The International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR) is an association of professionals involved in, or with an interest in, the provision of medical imaging services in support of forensic investigations.

The Association has a committee, elected from the membership, and works within its constitution.

With effect from 22nd September 2012 IAFR has entered into a formal affiliation with the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI).

Formal Recognition

IAFR has been formally recognised by the International Society of Radiographers and Radiologic Technologists (ISRRT) and the UK Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) as the lead body in the following areas:

Promoting awareness of forensic radiography and related issues

Provision and facilitation of training and education in the forensic field

Inter-professional and multi-organisational liaison and communication

Development and review of guidelines for evidence-based practice in forensic radiography

Provision of advice and resources for individuals and organisations which have a need for professional expertise

Provision of health and safety advice in the planning of temporary mortuaries, including risk assessments with particular regard to radiation protection, COSHH and manual handling issues

As the contact point for initiation of a Radiography Response Team in the event of a Mass Fatality Incident, including provision of diagnostic imaging equipment for immediate deployment to an incident

Who Are We?

The majority of IAFR members have clinical backgrounds and therefore specialise in the imaging of human subjects. However, X-rays can also be used for the imaging of a wide range of artefacts – from documents, paintings and antiques to vehicles and suspect packages in forensic investigation.

IAFR members have been involved in incidents on both a national and international level.  In the United Kingdom, these include investigation into the London bombings, the Selby rail crash and Lockerbie air disaster.  International deployments have included investigations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Croatia, Republic of Ireland, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and India.

IAFR provides a consultancy service to the UK Home Office, the UK Ministry of Defence, UK police forces, UK Department of Health, the UK National Health Service, United Nations and other organisations on forensic imaging of the living and deceased.