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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-52

Integration of Trace Images in Three-dimensional Crime Scene Reconstruction

Forensic Imaging, Institute of Forensic Science, School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Batochime, CH 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

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Quentin Milliet
Institute of Forensic Science, School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Batochime, CH 1015 Lausanne
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2349-5014.172009

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Forensic image analysis has greatly developed with the proliferation of photography and video recording devices. Trace images of serious incidents are increasingly captured by first responders, witnesses, bystanders, or surveillance systems. Image perception is exposed with a special emphasis on the influence of the field of view on observation. In response to the pitfalls of the mental eye, a way to systematize the integration of images as traces in three-dimensional crime scene reconstruction is proposed. The systematic approach is based on the application of photogrammetric principles to slightly modify the usual photographic documentation as well as on the early collection and review of available trace images. The integration of images as traces provides valuable contributions to contextualize what happened at a crime scene based on the information that can be obtained from images. In a wider perspective, the systematic analysis of images fosters the use and interpretation of forensic evidence to complement witness statements in the criminal justice system. This article outlines the benefits of integrating trace images into a coherent reconstruction framework in order to improve interpretation of their content. A solution is proposed to integrate perception differences between the field of view of cameras and the human eye.

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