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Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2011 Sep;32(3):280-6. doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e318221b880.

Scene-of-crime analysis by a 3-dimensional optical digitizer: a useful perspective for forensic science.

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  • 1From the *Laboratorio di Optoelettronica, Dipartimento di Elettronica per l'Automazione, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia; †Laboratorio di Antropologia e Odontologia Forense, Sezione di Medicina Legale - DMU, Dipartimento di Morfologia Umana e Scienze Biomediche, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano; and ‡LIUC-Università Carlo Cattaneo, Castellanza, Varese, Italy.


Analysis and detailed registration of the crime scene are of the utmost importance during investigations. However, this phase of activity is often affected by the risk of loss of evidence due to the limits of traditional scene of crime registration methods (ie, photos and videos). This technical note shows the utility of the application of a 3-dimensional optical digitizer on different crime scenes. This study aims in fact at verifying the importance and feasibility of contactless 3-dimensional reconstruction and modeling by optical digitization to achieve an optimal registration of the crime scene.

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