Leicester forensic pathology expert appointed head of international radiology autopsy group

Posted by er134 at May 14, 2013 10:20 AM |
University of Leicester Chief Forensic Pathologist Professor Guy Rutty will lead the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 May 2013

A world-leading forensic pathologist at the University of Leicester has become the head of an international radiology and imaging group.

Professor Guy Rutty MBE, Chief Forensic Pathologist at the University’s East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit and expert in non-invasive autopsies, will lead the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI).

The organisation aims to strengthen and develop the field of forensic radiology and imaging worldwide, promoting best practice and developing international quality standards and guidelines.

Professor Rutty was appointed Vice Chair of the organisation on May 14 as part of a three year post which will see him become Chair (year 2) and finally Past-Chair (year 3).

Initially he will work with the Society board and current Chair/Past Chair and then lead (year 2) the group in its work promoting education, research programmes, regulations and guidelines in the field of radiology and imaging.

Professor Rutty has more than 25 years of experience of autopsy practice, and has become a world-leading expert in the field of non-invasive autopsy techniques – particularly post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT).

During his career he has assisted with war crime investigations in Bosnia and spearheaded the use of computed tomography for mass fatalities through work undertaken for the Home Office’s mass fatality working groups.

He was a founding member of the Department of Health’s National Imaging Board (NIB), which oversees all developments and advances in the application of cross-sectional imaging to autopsy practice.

His work introduced the use of PMCT images as evidence in criminal trials in the UK.

He was a member of the joint collegiate working group which issued the Royal College of Pathologists and Radiologists guidance on the use of cross-sectional imaging in autopsy practice. He also assisted the Chief Coroner in drawing up guidance on the same subject.

He recently chaired the Department of Health-commissioned sub-group of the NIB, which considered how a national cross-sectional imaging service could be introduced to the UK as an adjunct - if not replacement - to autopsy practice (http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/emfpu/national-documents-1).

He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2010.

Professor Rutty said: “The International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging is the only international world organisation for everything to do with autopsy radiology imaging. This is the top post in the world, and one I am very proud to obtain.

“Radiology and imaging is a very important area for forensic pathology, as it allows autopsies to be much less invasive than traditional methods.

“There are important religious, cultural and humanitarian benefits offered by non-invasive autopsies and it is recognised that there is no longer the need to undertake invasive autopsy examinations in certain types of death.

“The current demand by the general public for a non-invasive autopsy service is expected to grow.

“As a result, I am very pleased to be able to work with, support and promote the work of the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging in developing forensic radiology and imaging worldwide.”

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Notes to media:

Professor Guy Rutty can be contacted on 0116 252 3221 or at: gnr3@le.ac.uk

More information about the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI) can be found at www.isfri.org

Further information about the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit can be found at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/emfpu/staff

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