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NCJ Number: NCJ 241254     Find in a Library
Title: Digital UV/IR Photography for Tattoo Evaluation in Mummified Remains
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Author(s): William R. Oliver, M.D., M.S., M.P.A. ; Lisa Leone, M.A.
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:July 2012  Pages:1134 to 1136
Date Published: 07/2012
Page Count: 3
  Annotation: This study reviewed the use of ultraviolent (UV) and infrared (IR) in forensic science.
Abstract: The presence and location of tattoos can be an important component in the identification of remains in the extended postmortem period if remnants of skin persist. However, when there is significant mummification, visualization of tattoos can be problematic. Multiple methods have been proposed to make tattoos more visible, but all have limitation. In this case report, a mummified body was discovered. The presumptive victim was reported to have a small tattoo on her hand but it was not visible to the naked eye. The hand was photographed using ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light. A tattoo matching the description was noted in the photographs. In contrast to film-based IR and UV photography, digital UV and IR photography allows rapid visual evaluation of results and optimization of image utility. The ability to quickly modify photographic parameters quickly greatly increases the utility of IR and UV photography in the autopsy suite. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Ultraviolet techniques ; Victim identification ; Missing person investigation ; Tattoos ; Photography techniques
Type: Case Study
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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