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NCJ Number: 228233 Find in a Library
Title: Use of HemoSpat to Include Bloodstains Located on Nonorthogonal Surfaces in Area-of Origin Calculations
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:59  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2009  Pages:513-524
Author(s): Kevin Maloney; Jim Killeen; Andy Maloney
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the use of forensic software in area-of-origin calculations for crime scenes using nonorthogonal surfaces.
Abstract: The use of forensic software in the area-of-origin calculations using nonorthogonal surfaces was found to greatly assist the bloodstain pattern analyst. The task of analyzing bloodstains on nonorthogonal surfaces was made easier by using the HemoSpat software, allowing the analyst to remove objects from the scene, analyze them in a controlled and safe environment, and incorporate the data in an area-of-origin calculation. Forensic software offers an efficient method to assist the bloodstain pattern analyst with area-of-origin calculations for impact patterns. This study showed the use of nonorthogonal surfaces in conjunction with standard room surfaces in an area-of-origin calculation using HemoSpat, commercial software for impact pattern analysis. Figures, tables, and references
Main Term(s): Blood stains
Index Term(s): Blood/body fluid analysis; Computer software; Crime scene; Evidence identification; Forensic medicine; Forensic sciences; Science and Technology; Scientific techniques
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