Getting in touch-3D printing in Forensic Imaging

Ebert, Lars Chr; Thali, Michael J; Ross, Steffen (2011). Getting in touch-3D printing in Forensic Imaging. Forensic science international, 211(1-3), e1-6. Shannon: Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland 10.1016/j.forsciint.2011.04.022

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With the increasing use of medical imaging in forensics, as well as the technological advances in rapid prototyping, we suggest combining these techniques to generate displays of forensic findings. We used computed tomography (CT), CT angiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and surface scanning with photogrammetry in conjunction with segmentation techniques to generate 3D polygon meshes. Based on these data sets, a 3D printer created colored models of the anatomical structures. Using this technique, we could create models of bone fractures, vessels, cardiac infarctions, ruptured organs as well as bitemark wounds. The final models are anatomically accurate, fully colored representations of bones, vessels and soft tissue, and they demonstrate radiologically visible pathologies. The models are more easily understood by laypersons than volume rendering or 2D reconstructions. Therefore, they are suitable for presentations in courtrooms and for educational purposes.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine
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Ebert, Lars Christian; Thali, Michael and Ross, Steffen




Elsevier Scientific Publ. Ireland




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04 Oct 2013 14:11

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06 Dec 2013 13:22

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