Preparing for court testimony

Pediatr Radiol. 2021 May;51(6):1084-1092. doi: 10.1007/s00247-020-04926-4. Epub 2021 May 17.


Pediatric radiologists are frequently summoned to testify in court regarding the imaging of child abuse. This essay provides guidance on how to prepare for trial and what to expect in court. Preparation is paramount and includes meeting with the attorney and reviewing imaging studies, medical records and pertinent reports in anticipation of questioning in court. We also provide guidance to aid in testimony in court. Legal standards for testimony are discussed herein.

Keywords: Child abuse; Children; Court; Pediatric radiologist; Preparation; Testimony.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse*
  • Expert Testimony
  • Humans
  • Medical Records