Radiography for forensic purposes is a complex area of practice and the International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR) is pleased to provide this guidance and advice document for Radiographers and Radiological Technologists involved in providing forensic imaging services. These guidelines were originally published as a collaboration between the IAFR and the College of Radiographers in the United Kingdom (UK), in 1998 . As membership of the IAFR continues to grow internationally, these guidelines have now been updated to be more applicable outside the UK justice system . The aim is that the principles outlined in these international 'best-practice' guidelines will be adapted by national professional bodies and relevant health and justice departments to suit local medico-legal systems within each country, and that departmental managers and employers should also find this document invaluable . It is recognised that the level of best practice that can be achieved is dependent on local facilities and resources, as well as the expertise of the radiographer(s).
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In compiling this first edition of international guidelines for forensic radiography, the IAFR wishes to acknowledge all authors and contributors to previous guidance documents published by the IAFR in conjunction with national radiography organisations. In particular, the IAFR would like to thank the Society and College of Radiographers (UK) and the Irish Institute of Radiographers and Radiation Therapists with whose permission we have incorporated some sections of those documents within this edition.
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