When disaster strikes; the role of the forensic radiographer

WALSH, M, REEVES, Pauline and SCOTT, S (2004). When disaster strikes; the role of the forensic radiographer. Radiography, 10 (1), 33-43.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.radi.2004.01.013

Abstract

Forensic radiography is a vital tool utilised in the many facets of Forensic Medicine. This paper investigates the role of the forensic radiographer in a mass disaster situation; it also explores the psychological impact of this type of work on radiographers. A literature review indicated that limited work had been documented on the role of the radiographer in mass disasters. This ultimately creates doubt about whether or not the radiographer is acknowledged for the vital role he/she plays and if proper provisions were in place to assess any emotional damage in the aftermath of an emotionally and physically straining situation. A qualitative method of research was used (semi-structured interviews) in order to elicit radiographers' feelings and perceptions. This method is best suited to this research topic because it is a delicate subject. Four interviews were carried out and the responses are presented in themes including emergency versus mass grave experiences (including issues of time and preparation). Other themes include the role of the radiographer and interaction with other members of the team, as well as a discussion of the aftermath of their experiences, including the feelings of pride experienced. Author Keywords: Major incidents; Forensic radiography; Trauma; Disasters

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.radi.2004.01.013
Depositing User: Pauline Reeves
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 11:23
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2011 11:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3779

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