UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Investigation into the merits of infrared imaging in the investigation of tattoos postmortem.

Starkie, A; Birch, W; Ferllini, R; Thompson, TJU; (2011) Investigation into the merits of infrared imaging in the investigation of tattoos postmortem. J Forensic Sci , 56 (6) pp. 1569-1573. 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01869.x.

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

Infrared imaging has a history of use in the forensic examination of artwork and documents and is investigated here for its wider use in the detection of tattoos on the human body postmortem. Infrared photographic and reflectographic techniques were tested on 18 living individuals, displaying a total of 30 tattoos. It was observed that neither age, sex, age of the tattoo, nor, most significantly, skin color affected the ability to image the tattoos using infrared imaging techniques. Second, a piglet carcass was tattooed and the impact of the decomposition process on the visibility of the tattoos assessed. Changes were recorded for 17 days and decomposition included partial mummification and skin discoloration. Crucially, the discoloration was recorded as greatly affecting the image quality using conventional photography, but was insignificant to the infrared recording of these tattoos. It was concluded that infrared reflectography was beneficial in the investigation into tattoos postmortem.

Type: Article
Title: Investigation into the merits of infrared imaging in the investigation of tattoos postmortem.
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01869.x
Keywords: Adult, Animals, Female, Forensic Pathology, Humans, Infrared Rays, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Animal, Photography, Postmortem Changes, Skin Pigmentation, Swine, Tattooing, Temperature, Weather, Young Adult
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1328954
Downloads since deposit
0Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item