Validation and evaluation of measuring methods for the 3D documentation of external injuries in the field of forensic medicine.

Buck, Ursula; Busse, Kirsten; Campana, Lorenzo; Schyma, Christian (2018). Validation and evaluation of measuring methods for the 3D documentation of external injuries in the field of forensic medicine. International journal of legal medicine, 132(2), pp. 551-561. Springer 10.1007/s00414-017-1756-6

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Three-dimensional (3D) measurement techniques are gaining importance in many areas. The latest developments brought more cost-effective, user-friendly, and faster technologies onto the market. Which 3D techniques are suitable in the field of forensic medicine and what are their advantages and disadvantages? This wide-ranging study evaluated and validated various 3D measurement techniques for the forensic requirements. High-tech methods as well as low-budget systems have been tested and compared in terms of accuracy, ease of use, expenditure of time, mobility, cost, necessary knowhow, and their limitations. Within this study, various commercial measuring systems of the different techniques were tested. Based on the first results, one measuring system was selected for each technique, which appeared to be the most suitable for the forensic application or is already established in forensic medicine. A body of a deceased, a face and an injury of a living person, and a shoe sole were recorded by 11 people with different professions and previous knowledge using the selected systems. The results were assessed and the personal experiences were evaluated using a questionnaire. In addition, precision investigations were carried out using test objects. The study shows that the hand-held scanner and photogrammetry are very suitable for the 3D documentation of forensic medical findings. Their moderate acquisition costs and easy operation could lead to more frequent application in forensic medicine in the future. For special applications, the stripe-light scanner still has its justification due to its high precision, the flexible application area, and the high reliability. The results show that, thanks to the technological advances, the 3D measurement technology will have more and more impact on the routine of the forensic medical examination.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Buck, Ursula; Busse, Kirsten and Schyma, Christian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0937-9827

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

18 Jan 2018 10:48

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 11:45

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00414-017-1756-6

PubMed ID:

29260394

Uncontrolled Keywords:

3D documentation Forensic sciences Patterned injuries Photogrammetry Surface scanning

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.108353

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/108353

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