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Focussing on the future: Survey results on the image capture of patterned cutaneous injuries

Evans, Samuel, Baylis, Sonya, Carabott, Romina, Jones, Michael David ORCID:, Lawson, Zoe, Marsh, Nick, Payne-James, Jason, Ramadani, Jona, Vanezis, Peter and Kemp, Alison Mary ORCID: 2014. Focussing on the future: Survey results on the image capture of patterned cutaneous injuries. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 24 , pp. 7-11. 10.1016/j.jflm.2014.02.007

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An investigator who is involved in assessing the likelihood of physical abuse must make a decision as to whether the injury seen matches the explanation given. In some instances the pattern of these injuries can give the investigator a possible link to the cause of the injury. Photographic imaging is used to record the patterned cutaneous injuries (PCI) and to facilitate forensic interpretation. The current method of capturing PCI often results in some form of distortion that causes a change to the shape of the patterned injury. The Dermatological Patterned Injury Capture and Analysis (DePICA) research group was formed to assess current image capture methods and practices. An online survey was set up to assess the value of localised imaging protocols and training specific to imaging PCI and was made available to law enforcement professionals, forensic investigators and hospital staff. 80 participants responded to the survey. The majority of the survey participants have had training in medical or forensic photography, however 66 (83%) have not had specific training in how to photograph PCI. 41 (51%) of the participants responded that they always use a rigid scale and 34 (43%) position the camera so that it is perpendicular to the scale and injury. Comments made about the quality of images obtained and produced raises concerns about how much knowledge those initiating such images have about image relevance in criminal cases. It is evident that a clear and comprehensive guide to photographing PCIs is required to improve the quality of the photographic evidence that is collected.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > TR Photography
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic photography; Patterned cutaneous injuries; Survey
Additional Information: Online publication date: 28 February 2014.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1752-928X
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:22

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